Toteng Man Arraigned For Weekend Murder

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A Toteng man accused of killing another man at a drinking spot in Toteng was this week arraigned before the Maun Magistrate’s Court, where he was further remanded in custody.

Appearing before Chief Magistrate Thebeetsile Mulalu on Tuesday, Kebatho Maithamako aged 39 of Mogapelwa cattle post near Toteng revealed his intention to engage an attorney, and his plea has been reserved.

The accused person is alleged to have murdered one Gothebe Mpho on the 1st of September at Red Lark Farm in Toteng. Maithamako and the deceased were reportedly among the patrons at the local entertainment spot – Red Farm, attending a festival on that fateful night.

It is then that the accused person went to the man manning the entrance and angrily complained that though he paid the entrance fee, he has not seen any artists performing. It is alleged that the accused person took out a knife from his pocket and cut the ropes that had been used to fasten the gate.

Mpho (deceased) is said to have pleaded with the accused person to stop harassing, but Maithamako is said to have charged at him instead and proceeded to kick and slap him, resulting in the deceased falling to the ground.

Maithamako thereafter allegedly stabbed the deceased with a knife twice on both thighs while he was still down on the ground. Following the ordeal, the deceased is said to have then gotten up and staggered towards the crowd, where he asked to be taken to the hospital while bleeding profusely. Mpho is said to have fallen near the stage side of the farm where he was found motionless.

On Tuesday, prosecutor Kebigetswe Reid pleaded for the accused to be remanded and for the bail issue to be discussed on the next appearance as the matter was still fresh, adding that they have not made any progress with investigations.

“This is an incident that occurred over the weekend, and nothing much was done regarding investigations, we therefore pray that the accused be remanded in custody,” Reid pleaded.

The Chief Magistrate then subsequently ordered for the accused person to be remanded and he will appear again in court on September 19 for a status update.

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