Defence claims Matebele murder-accused 'didn't intend to kill'

Dambe (in blue jacket) consulting his attorney, Tshimologo
Dambe (in blue jacket) consulting his attorney, Tshimologo

FRANCISTOWN: The Investigating Officer (IO) in a case in which Banoziba Dambe allegedly killed co-accused person, Gaone Matebele, has dismissed the claim by the defence that Dambe and Kenosi Rathami didn't intend to murder Matebele.

Dambe and Rathami allegedly murdered Matebele between April 4 and 5, 2018, at or near Pandamatenga Farms in the Chobe Administrative District. Rathami is now an accomplice witness in the Matebele murder case. Matebele was a co-accused person in a case in which Dambe, the Director of Bano Investments and his wife, Tiny Dambe, a nurse by profession, and their ‘hitpeople’, Lesedi Khundu (Tiny’s close relative) along with Matebele, allegedly murdered, Dambe’s former girlfriend, Concilliah Ncube. Dambe caught a murder case that allegedly followed after a Magistrate Court ordered him to pay P300 monthly maintenance fees for each of the three children he fathered with Ncube before he married Tiny.

The trio (Dambe, Tiny, and Khundu), charged for Matebele's murder, is also indicted for allegedly attempting to murder four people, three of whom are children Dambe shared with Ncube. According to the charge sheet, on May 7, 2017, at Flowertown ward in Kazungula village in the Chobe District, the accused persons burnt a house occupied by Ncube, thereby causing her injuries on May 12, 2017, at the Kasane Primary Hospital. In the attempted murder count, the trio allegedly tried to set fire to the house with occupants, Moreblessing, Tshepiso, and Thabo Ncube (Dambe’s children with Ncube), and their relative Andrew Banoziba, who are also complainants in a separate murder case. The quartet that was sleeping in the house was victim to the arson in which Ncube sustained her fatal injuries. Matebele was allegedly murdered after he appeared in court for mention in Kasane for the Ncube murder case involving him (Dambe), Tiny, and Khundu.

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