A suspected Bar burglar, Goitseone Sondani whose car was seized by the state in April 2021 after him and his co-accused allegedly broke into and stole from Parkis Bar at Botshabelo Ward has since demanded for it to be released.
Sondani and his co-accused who have been in custody since their arrest are alleged to have on the 21st April 2021 at around 0400 hours broke into the said bar and made away with alcoholic beverage amounting to P3852.00, P156 cash, Peter 30 and Pulse 20 cigarettes valued at P20.
Sondani’s vehicle, a Toyota Corolla which was used during the break in and the stolen goods found in it were subsequently seized by the police as part of the exhibits.
According to court documents, the two were arrested by a police task force team who came across a beige Toyota corolla which they signalled 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 belonging to 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.
The two have since stood trial and are awaiting judgement which is set for the 30th of May 2023.
Appearing before Maun Magistrate Keneilwe Kgoadi, Sondani requested for his car to be released in order for it to assist his family on issues of transportation while he is still in custody.
He further requested prosecution to explain if they will take responsibility of his car should it have mechanical faults caused by the prolonged parking.
His co-accused, Kantse opted to remain silent. The presiding magistrate in her response said she will address the matter on the 30th May 2023 when she will also deliver judgement.