Court orders 'killer soldier' to be sent for psychiatric evaluation

FRANCISTOWN: A magistrate court here Friday has ordered that a young soldier who is accused of brutally killing his two children aged four and two years respectively be sent to hospital for psychiatric analysis.

The 22-year-old soldier, Thebe Njavera, based at Botswana Defence (BDF) Donga Military Barracks in Francistown is alleged to have cold bloodedly killed his young children on February 4 this year at his rented house in Somerset East.Magistrate Sijabuliso Siziba ordered that the accused be sent for a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he was in his normal faculties when he committed the offence. The prosecution had earlier on applied that the accused be remanded in jail because they are waiting for a forensic report from Gaborone concerning the case.The prosecution also said that the case has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for further perusal.

Asked if he had anything to say about what the prosecution had told the court concerning his further remand in jail, Njavera curtly said, "I want to be given bail to attend the matter from home."In his initial appearance in court, Njavera requested the state to provide an attorney for him.Magistrate Siziba then ruled that Njavera appear in court again on March 8 to determine his bail application.Relatives, neighbours and friends of the accused and his girlfriend filled Courtroom 5 to capacity. Some of them had to sit on the floor when the accused briefly appeared in court.

Editor's Comment
Has life become worthless?

As many wondered what wrong the young boy could have done to end up killed, it emerged that his own cousin was a suspect in the murder after he claimed P50,000 from Botswana Life. Thato Tsametse, who was last week sentenced to death for the murder of his cousin, had reportedly taken out two Mmoloki Funeral Covers valued at P25,000 each.Over the years, the media has been covering the murder case, and some revelation has come up that certain...

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