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A threat to kill accused person who was involved in a scuffle with the police in Kasane recently leading to the 31-year old police officer being mistakenly shot by his colleague was this week granted bail by Kasane Magistrate Thabang Chokwe.
It is alleged that the accused person Molebi Kgosiyang on the 21st September 2023 at Plateau Ward in Kasane in the wee hours of 0200am was found by the police on patrol assaulting his girlfriend, and threatening to kill her with an axe.
In the process, the accused is alleged to have uttered to the complainant, ‘ke go thuba tlhogo ka selepe se ke go bolaya,’ loosely translating to ‘I will smash your head with this axe killing you’ words to that effect thereby causing a threat to her life.
During the incident, Kgosiyang is reported to have also charged at the police officers as they were trying to calm him down, resulting in the shooting of the 31-year old police officer by his colleague on the pelvis part. The accused is alleged to have then taken the police riffle and fled with it, and was later arrested and the riffle recovered as well.
The injured police officer is currently admitted at Gaborone Private Hospital where he is receiving medical attention and under stable condition.
On Wednesday the State did not object for the accused person’s bail application with the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case, Stephen Khethiwe telling court that they are half way through with investigations and that the victim has since relocated to another place.
The suspect was subsequently given bail on condition that he provides two citizen sureties who shall bind themselves to the sum of P1000 each. The accused was also ordered to report to Kasane Police Station once a month and not commit any offence related to the one he is charged for whilst on bail. He was also ordered to avail himself to court as in when asked to do so.
He will appear in court again on the 30th November 2023 for status update.
Meanwhile, Botswana Police Service Deputy Public Relations Officer Near Bagali has in a previous interview said that the matter was still fresh indicating that the accused person may face other charges as investigations are still on-going.