Serial Murder Suspect Resurfaces At Francistown High Court

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A former soldier, Simba Mooketsi Mampori, who is notoriously known for his alleged brutal killing of four of his former girlfriends in 2016, 2018 and 2019, yesterday appeared before Francistown High Court for status hearing.

The 36-year-old man from Mbalambi, who has been incarcerated since his arrested in 2019, is yet to be tried for two of the four murder cases he is linked to. Five years since the demise of his victims, trial in two of the cases has not yet commenced.

Appearing before Judge Bashi Moesi, Prosecutor handling Mampori’s case Gonayaone Ketlhapetswe told the court that one of the files had not be traced yet, and efforts had been made to find the file in question.

“I have made efforts to have the file in question to be traced as far as Lobatse High Court. But all this has been in vain. The file cannot be found. However, I have resubmitted the necessary documents for the case in question to the DPP. Hopefully in our next status meeting will have made progress,” Ketlhapetswe indicated. 

Mampori burst into the limelight in 2019, when he was arrested by the police in Thamaga for reckless driving.  Upon being apprehended police noticed bruises around his neck and further probing after being treated at Thamaga primary hospital, the former soldier, gave the cops his mother’s cellphone number and key’s to his sister’s rented house in Bontleng.

He then allegedly led the police to the house, where they found the body of 34-year-old Matlhogonolo Mashashu, his girlfriend and mother to their two year old daughter, in a pool of blood. A screw driver next to her lifeless body and scribbling written in blood of the wall of room.  “Ke lapisiswe ke maaka” (I am tired of lies).

Investigations reveal that Mampori had tried to end his life, by hanging himself. Only for the rope to snap leaving him with a bruised neck and braising on his body.  With a botched suicide, Mampori is said to have recklessly drove his car, hoping to cause an accident and die.

Five days earlier Mampori is alleged to have stabbed to death the 39-year-old woman also believe to be his lover from Molepolole.

At the time of committing the above murder, Mampori was on bail for a 2016 murder charge in Mahalapye and another alleged 2017 killing in Gaborone. Both murder cases cost Mampori his job in the army.

The matter returns to court in September this year.

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