Cab driver killers appeal conviction

Court Of Appeal PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Court Of Appeal PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

In an attempt to escape the hangman’s onose, Moabi Mabiletsa and Matshidiso Boikanyo, both convicted murderers of a cab driver, lodged their case at the Court of Appeal CoA).

The convicts’ lawyers, who are in a race against time to turn around the convictions, appeared in court each hoping to help their client get the freedom they sought.  Mishingo Jeremiah, an attorney famous for liberating convicts on deathrow represented Mabiletsa, one of the appellants. Mabiletsa was found in possession of a knife that had the DNA of the deceased on it while Boikanyo, the first appellant owned the cellphone that made the call to request cab services from the deceased. 

The cellphone was hidden and later confiscated by the police after being traced through an IMEI number. Attorney Jeremiah presented his case to CoA Judges, Singh Walia and Monametsi Gaongalelwe. Mishingo argued that circumstantial evidence did not carry the same weight as substantial evidence. He told the bench of judges that circumstantial evidence was overwhelming and therefore should be narrowly examined.

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