Maun Magistrate’s Court has released on bail murder accused person, Xomae Xomae of Kaure cattle post near Tsau village who is alleged to have stabbed another man to death in July this year following a misunderstanding.
Chief Magistrate Thebeetsile Mulalu on Tuesday granted the 22 year old conditional bail as the state prosecution did not oppose his bail application.
It is alleged that Xomae on the 16th July 2022 murdered certain, Odireleng Moamerika in Tsau following a misunderstanding. Court heard that on the day of the incident, the deceased of the same village found the suspect together with his friends at one of the residences in Tsau and he jokingly accused him of having many girlfriends consequently leading to a misunderstanding.
The accused then allegedly stabbed the deceased with a sharp object on the chest and left him lying motionless in a pool of blood and fled the scene. The matter was then reported to the police who upon arrival rushed the deceased to Tsau clinic where he was certified dead.
The accused person was arrested the following day at his cattle post in Kaure. Xomae is reported to have then confessed the ordeal and showed the knife he used to kill the deceased. His plea was reserved and he opted to represent himself.
Xomae has been in custody since his arrest as prosecution feared for his safety. Prosecution argued that Xomae’s bail will jeopardise his safety as it emerged that the two families of the deceased and the accused person have always had bad blood before the incident took place.
Furthermore, the state alleged that the families are 500 meters apart from each other and if the accused person is released it will put life in danger as the deceased’s family is still mourning and angry.
During his bail argument previously, the accused person pleaded with the court to give him bail as he promised to stay in Maun not Tsau where the incident is alleged to have taken place.
When granting him bail this week, Chief Magistrate Mulalu ordered for the accused person to report to Tsau police every month and that he also attend court on given dates. Furthermore, Xomae has been ordered also not to interfere with possible state witnesses.
He will appear in court again on the 31st January next year for case status update.