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A Toteng man accused of killing another man at a drinking spot in Toteng early last month was denied bail by Maun Chief Magistrate Thebeetsile Mulalu on Thursday.
The accused person Kebatho Maithamako who is facing a single count of murder 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 said that the accused person went to the man managing the entrance and angrily complained that though he paid the entrance fee, he has not seen any artists performing. It is alleged that the Maithamako 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.
When delivering bail ruling Mulalu said he took into account the fact that the accused person is facing a serious offence of murder that attracts a longer prison sentence or a death penalty hence it may lead to him absconding from court.
He also took into consideration that investigations on the matter are still at initial stage adding that the accused person’s safety was considered given the evidence brought by the investigating officer that the deceased’s family is still angry and needed time to mourn.
During bail arguments previously, the investigating officer Detective Sergean Boston Motlhapsi pleaded for the accused person to be denied bail as they are yet to recover part of a knife they found in his pocket revealing that during his arrest the found two knives from the accused’s pocked with the other one with only the back part of the knives and other parts missing.
Maithamako pleaded to be granted bail in order to find money and secure an attorney for himself. He will appear in court again on the 26th October for status update.