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Husband threatens to kill nyatsi

LEBOGANG BAINGAPI
KANYE: A married man narrowly escaped spending time behind bars for allegedly threatening to kill his girlfriend, after magistrate Venetia Moruakgomo decided to grant him bail.

Phillimon Sebedi is accused of threatening to kill Kene Kebalepile, a woman with whom he has admitted to having an extra-marital affair with.

Sebedi allegedly threatened to kill Kebalepile on Sunday during an argument, resulting in police arresting him and remanding him overnight. He secured his bail yesterday.

 Opposing Sebedi’s bail application, Inspector Goitsemang Sekgabo for the prosecution said the offence was serious and investigations were still relatively fresh.

“We fear that the accused might go on and accomplish his intention of killing Kebalepile as promised,” he said. Sebedi’s lawyer, Thabo Malambani argued that other even more serious charges such as murder were ‘bailable’ adding that the accused was a family man and a businessman.

“The accused is a father and a husband who is dearly needed by his family, especially his wife for conjugal

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rights. Furthermore, he is a businessman and will feel hard done by the incarceration. “A day to him is money and no one will compensate him, should he be acquitted,” Malambani said. The defence lawyer added that there was a possibility that the complainant could withdraw the matter, as relationships were often fraught with ups and downs. “The two may reconcile and the complainant might come and withdraw the matter before court. The courts must apply their minds, look through the window and see how society is living. The court should not act like it is living in a vacuum,” he said.

Sebedi will next appear in court on December 11. His bail conditions are that he does not communicate or visit the complainant until the matter is finalised.



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