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Court Finds Missing File

Staff Writer
FRANCISTOWN: The High Court has located the missing file of eight murder suspects. The hearing of the case against the eight could not continue early last week before Justice Modiri because of the misplaced file.

But on Friday, the judge announced that the file has been found at the Criminal Registry. Apparently the file was misplaced when it was sent to the Registrar's office for processing of claims for pro deo attorneys. 

Though the file was located, the case could not continue on Friday because a defence attorney, Morris Ndawana, asked for a postponement in order to take instructions from one of the accused persons, Olatotse Lekoko. Ndawana said he needed time to formulate the defence for Lekoko. Sejabuliso Siziba who has since become a magistrate initially represented Lekoko. Ndawana informed the court that he failed to communicate with Siziba to get his line of defence. He joked that although he has the file from the law firm where Siziba was working before, the lawyer's handwriting was not one of the best.

Meanwhile, two suspects in the murder case, Keraetsweng Keakae and Mpho Elias have been granted bail with stern warning to appear in court whenever they are required to do so. They told the court that they

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could not attend proceedings because they had no money for transport. Letsididi told them it was not a justifiable excuse not to come to court. He expressed hope that they have learnt not to disobey a court order. He reminded them that if they have no transport, they have to inform the investigating officer who will bring them to court.

They were ordered to report to Kasane police station on the last day of every month and to appear in court whenever they are required. The matter was postponed to June 29 and 30 in Maun. Besides Keraetsweng Keakae, Lekoko and Elias, the other suspects in the case are Lesang Kgothatso, Seemo Keakae, Kopano Keakae, Lekoko, Gabaakanye Kanwi, Ntema Ndweza and Mpho Elias are accused of murder and robbery.

It is alleged that in November 2003 at Kasane, the suspects robbed Sentshotleng Loeto of P1,800, three radio cassettes and six cans of Coca-Cola using violence. Attorneys Ndawana, Mboni Manyothwane, Kaizer Sechele, Morgan Moseki and Neville Chadwick represent the accused persons.



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