Convict appeals, cries police brutality

A prisoner, who was convicted of stock theft in 2012, appealed his conviction and sentence before the High Court of Gaborone yesterday, crying police brutality and procedural abuse.

Temo Malatsi of Moshaweng village appeared before Justice Michael Mothobi pleading with the court to set aside his conviction and sentence.

He was convicted and sentenced to five years by Moshaweng customary court (Kweneng District) for stealing and killing a goat.  He argued he was convicted for a crime he never committed and that he only pleaded guilty because of pressure and constant beatings from the police.

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