Unlawful Wounding Trio Plead For Bail


Three men of Sedie ward in Maun facing a single count of unlawful wounding have pleaded to be granted bail before Maun Principal Magistrate Gofaone Mosweu. The trio has been in custody since its arrest sometime in March this year.

According to court paper, the accused persons, Golebaone Mbwe (21), Aomphilisa Semaseku (19) and Calistus Thapelo (18) on the 16th March at Sedie acting together in common purpose unlawfully wounded Mpho Bolatotswe on the stomach and on the right shoulder by stabbing him with a knife.

Appearing before Mosweu this week the accused persons pleaded for bail with the first accused person Mbwe arguing that he was still young to be in prison and that his relatives informed him that the complainant in the matter had visited them at their home for reconciliation.

Mbwe further informed that he has debts that he had since promised to pay in the month of April hence his remand will lead to a subsequent court case of debt. The second accused person Semasiko who also pleaded for bail argued that he was young and wanted to enrol further with his studies.

He also argued that he wants to be able to assist the complainant with money during his recovery. The third accused person, Thapelo also argued that he wanted to complete his studies and be able to find money to assist the victim. He further argued that he has allergies for some of the food they are being fed in prison.

State prosecutor Matshidiso Thomas however applied for the accused person’s remand to be extended. She argued that they are yet to record a statement from the victim as he is unable to talk. She further argued that investigations are still at an initial stage.

Thomas further told court that the second accused person’s claim that the victim had visited them at their place of residence was not true as the he is still bedridden at Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital after he was transferred from Nyangabwe Referral Hospital.

Particulars of the offence are that on the 16th March there was an incident at the victim’s place of residence where one Goabaone Otoro and Gaoganebatho Otoro were woken to weird noises in the wee hours of the morning.

It is said that the duo decided to investigate the noise and discovered that an uninvited guest had been lurking around. The foot tracks led them to their neighbour’s where they questioned people they found there who denied ever being at their place.

The following afternoon around 1600hrs, when they were from the tuck shop Goabaone and the victim are said to have met the accused trio who demanded some debt which they claimed to be owed by the duo.

It was later in the day that the accused persons came to Goabaone’s house where they threatened them with a broken quart bottle and bricks. After a couple of threatening acts one of the accused is alleged to have brandished an okapi knife which he used to stab the complainant on the stomach and on the right shoulder.

The accused persons will appear for status update on the 18th April 2024.   


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