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A 30-year-old man of Maun accused of murdering his six-year-old step son has been granted permission to access his mobile phone while in custody by the Maun Chief Magistrate Thebeetsile Mulalu.
Godfrey Khumoemang is charged with three counts – one of murder, another of arson and that of attempted murder.
Appearing before Mulalu this week, the accused person pleaded for access to his mobile phone which he said was ceased during his arrest. Kgosiemang argued that he wanted to get contacts from it and also use it to deal with few other issues.
Mulalu subsequently ordered the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case to liaise with the accused person and assist him to access the mobile phone.
Giving a status update state prosecution informed court that they are awaiting forensic results and a photo album for committal of the case and therefore pleaded for another court date.
The accused person has been in custody since his arrest last year after his two bail applications were denied by the court.
According to court papers, Kgosiemang is charged with the murder of a 6-year-old Osi Chakona, attempted murder of the child’s mother Oboletse Chakona and arson (burning Oboletse Chakona’s car).
According to the police report, the couple which stayed together at Disaneng Ward had prior to the incidents reportedly engaged in a heated argument in mid-August after Kgosiemang accused the woman of infidelity.
The accused is reported to have forcibly abducted the woman and subjected her to physical abuse during a car ride but she somehow managed to escape and return home. Her vehicle was later on that same day found burning at Disaneng ward while the lifeless body of her missing child was found the following day in the boot of a car that was used by the accused person. According to the police, the accused person confessed that he strangled the child to death.
Kgosiemang whose plea has been reserved will appear in court again on the 15th February 2024 for status update.