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Maun Magistrate Gaone Bagopi has extended the remand warrant of two men who are alleged to have in April last year broken and stolen into Parkis Bar at Botshabelo Ward.
The accused persons, Orefile Kantse and Goitseone Sondani are alleged to have on the 21st April 2021 around 0400 hours broke into the said bar and made away with alcoholic beverage amounting to P3852.00, P156 cash, peter 30 and 20 pulse cigarettes valued at P20.
According to court documents, the two were arrested by a police task force team on duty when they came across a beige Toyota corolla which they signaled to stop but instead it sped off. It is said that the police then followed the car which upon stopping both the accused persons fled the scene.
The first accused person, Kantse was subsequently arrested during the chase while Sondani managed to out run the police.
Upon his arrest, Kantse was taken back to the car which was searched and assorted alcoholic beverages were found. The first accused person then confessed that they broke in Parkis bar and stole the alcohol. He is said to have further confessed that some of the alcoholic beverages were stored at the place of the second accused person’s girlfriend.
Sondani was later on a different date arrested and both the accused persons confessed to have committed the offence.
During their mention this week, State Prosecutor Mmoloki Boshati who was holding brief for Prosecutor Paul Basupi requested for the accused persons’ remand warrant to be extended.
Kantse however argued that there was no need for them to be remanded as they have been complying with the police since his arrest. He further pleaded to be given bail in order for him to seek legal representation adding that his properties have been left unattended to since his arrest.
For his part, Sondani also pleaded for bail arguing that he has a medical condition, adding that since his arrest he has not fully had medical attention because of shortage of drugs. He emphasised that he has documents to prove his statement before court indicating that giving him bail will allow him to fend for himself and be able to buy medication for himself.
Magistrate Bagopi ordered for the accused persons to be remanded in custody and appear on the 9th January 2023 for confirmation of trail dates.