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Magistrate defrauded

LEBOGANG BAINGAPI
JWANENG- Twenty-three-year-old Rueben Kasankiwa of Charlsehill appeared before Jwaneng Magistrate Basetsana Keakantse for obtaining a car by false pretences from Magistrate Odirile Mokgatle.

The investigating officer, detective assistant superintendent Justice Modisane, informed the court that investigations are still ongoing and he has since informed Botswana Police Interpol department in Gaborone to liase with Interpol in Namibia for the arrest of the other accused person and the return of the car in question.

He said there are a number of people implicated in the offence and they have since managed to arrest the wife of the second accused person and she is yet to be questioned. Modisane said as the state, they fear that the accused might interfere with investigations.

Motivating his bail application, Kasankiwa pleaded with the court to grant him bail to go and look

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for money to compensate the complainant. He said it was difficult for him to do so while behind bars. He claimed he has since met and reconciled with Mokgatle on the matter as he is demanding payment.

Magistrate Keakantse ruled that in the interest of justice, the accused should be remanded in custody to allow the state to carry out its investigations.

Kasankiwa and his co-accused who is still at large, are charged with obtaining by false pretence; whereby on February 13, 2015, they allegedly with intent to defraud obtained a silver Toyota Hilux Surf valued at P54,000 being the property of Mokgatle. The case continues on October 27, 2015.



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