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Alleged G/North murder trial continues

GOITSEMODIMO KAELO
Five accused men PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
The investigating officer (IO) in a case in which five men are on trial for the alleged murder of a Gaborone North security guard told the Court the accused volunteered information.

Detective Constable Tlamelo Matshaba, the IO in the 2013 murder of Olebogeng Ramapulane, said the accused voluntarily pointed out metal rods used to assault the deceased.

The five men, Lebang Thabo Ntesi, Phemelo Tshelang, Gorata Sebego, Patrick Gaile and Mpho Mangwa, are all residents of Oodi in Kgatleng District on trial for allegedly causing the death of Ramapulane and assaulting Chinese national, Liu Jian Hui, on the night of August 28, 2013 at Gaborone North Farms.

On the day, the former Security Systems night watchman was guarding the property at the residence.

In the course of their action, the accused also robbed their victims of some property of which was later recovered by the police a laptop and P15,280 in cash.

When cross-examined by attorney Esiah Letlole before Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo on Monday, Matshaba said he retrieved the metal rods by the fireplace after one of the accused, Tshelang pointed out the weapon after they led him to the crime scene. “He said it is the one he used to hit the deceased with.

Other two metal pipes I retrieved inside the Chinese man’s house after it was pointed out by Mpho Mangwa and Lebang Ntesi that they used it to assault the Chinese man,” Matshaba said.

“The bolt cutters I got from outside the house were pointed out by the same accused persons. They said they used to cut the fence and burglar bars to gain entry,” he added.

However, Matshaba

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stated that the crime scene investigator, whom he had assigned to check for the accused’s fingerprints on the metal rods, later told him that they were not visible. He explained that the accused could have handled the metal rods even though the prints were not visible.

The IO also told the Court that one of the accused led him to the bushes in the farm where he retrieved a pellet gun.

He further said upon searching one of the accused’s parents home, they found P20,000 in P200 notes, which the accused failed to account for.

“We suspected it to be the money stolen at the Chinese man’s house. I weighed the answers I got from the accused, and made follow-ups. If he fails to account, then my suspicions could draw to that,” he said.

When attorney Bokani Machinya put it to him that he was not being truthful to the Court by saying that the accused led him to the crime scene where he pointed out the metal rods and admitted to stealing the money at the Chinese house, Matshaba said that it was normal for the accused to deny everything because they pleaded not guilty.

“It is normal for them to deny because they have pleaded not guilty to the charge, so I am expecting that,” he said.

Meanwhile, prosecutor Farayi Mahwite told the court that the state had closed their investigation in the case after presenting 16 witnesses.



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