Ex-CAAB employee guilty of murder, acquitted of rape

Justice Bengbame Sechele
Justice Bengbame Sechele

FRANCISTOWN: A former aircraft marshal at the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB) received a guilty verdict on Friday for the murder of Metlha Sibanda, the nine-year-old daughter of his ex-girlfriend in 2018 at Marobela.

The accused, Motlatsi Khoto, 48, was however acquitted of rape after Justice Bengbame Sechele said that there was no conclusive evidence that Khoto raped the deceased.

Sechele stated that although the forensic scientist who examined the nine-year-old girl’s body concluded that a DNA profile obtained from the anorectal swabs relating to Khoto could not be excluded as a possible contributor to the mixed DNA profile found on the deceased.

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