Deceased belongings allegedly links accused person to the murder

Cropped shot of an unrecognizable businessman standing alone in his home office and texting on his cellphone
Cropped shot of an unrecognizable businessman standing alone in his home office and texting on his cellphone

FRANCISTOWN: Police have reportedly linked one Boitshepo France aged 33 to murder as he was allegedly found in possession of belongings of the deceased, former nurse Andrew Moleele.

Moleele was murdered late last month at Matshelagabedi village at his home in Tumediso ward and his decomposed body was found in a shallow grave at his backyard. The body of the 54-year-old male nurse who had been reported missing for over two weeks was discovered 10 days ago and was buried last Tuesday at Matshelagabedi.

France was charged with one count of murder and appeared before Francistown Magistrate court on Monday. Additionally, it was reported that he fled to Kasane after committing the offence where he was arrested over the weekend.

Sources have disclosed to Mmegi that France was found in possession of the deceased's clothes, a cellphone and other belongings. According to Matsiloje police station commander superintendent Oteng Ngada the accused person was arrested after being found in possession of the deceased person's belongings.

He further said that the accused was arrested in Kasane after he failed to appear before Matshelagabedi customary court for a separate criminal offence.

During the 33-year-old's arraignment, the Investigating Officer (IO), Misani Modise told court they were able to track the suspect down after he sold the victim’s Samsung cellphone, which the police managed to trace. Additionally, it was disclosed in court that the accused had sold some of the items to other individuals, and the police have not yet been able to retrieve some of them.

The IO begged that the accused be remanded in custody because one of their witnesses is the accused‘s girlfriend, and they were concerned that granting him bail would compromise their investigation.

France pleaded for bail and indicated that he was cooperating with the police during the investigations after his arrest. France will be back in court on June 20.

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