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Murder accused Moyo denied bail

CHAKALISA DUBE
Francistown Magistrate Court
FRANCISTOWN: A 60-year-old Matsiloje man who reportedly killed his 31-year-old former girlfriend, Irene Sibanda was last Friday denied bail at the Francistown Magistrate’s Court.

Milton Moyo, the murder accused, had gone on a rampage and killed Sibanda last Wednesday in Matsiloje where they reside.  The deceased who hails from Zimbabwe and the suspect who is a Motswana had, according to the police, ended their relationship in June of this year.

Sibanda who was vendor in Francistown had multiple stab wounds on the neck.

Chilume Mpela who is the investigating officer in the case told the court that the matter is still fresh and police are still investigating.  Mpela added that there is a possibility that the accused might compromise the integrity of the investigations if granted bail.

Magistrate Lebogang Kebeetsweng acceded to the application made by the prosecution for Moyo to be further remanded in custody. 

“The accused should further be remanded in custody because the investigations are still fresh. Murder is also a serious offence hence it is not ideal for one to be

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granted bail while the matter is still at an early stage,” she said. 

Moyo said nothing in relation to the application for his remand in custody. His plea was also reserved. 

The police reported that before Moyo was charged, his version of Wednesday’s events that he stated started with receiving a phone call from the deceased’s brother who told him that he had been trying to call the deceased, but to no avail. 

Moyo reportedly highlighted that he then decided to go to the deceased’s rented house where he knocked at the door but the deceased could not open. 

He said he then opened the window to gain entrance into the house where he found Sibanda lying on her bed covering herself with a blanket. 

Moyo further told the police that upon uncovering Sibanda he discovered that she had been stabbed several times on the neck with a sharp instrument.



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