Eyewitness' testimony convicts murderer

Machacha is due in court on December 5, 2023 for extenuation FILE PIC
Machacha is due in court on December 5, 2023 for extenuation FILE PIC

FRANCISTOWN: A man from Bothathogo ward in Gweta was Wednesday found guilty of murdering his lover. Lekgonne Machacha, who was unemployed at the time of the commission of the offence, was found guilty of murdering Onthusitse Fourteen in 2019 in Gweta.

Machacha allegedly stabbed his then live-in girlfriend with a sharp object on the abdomen and other body parts on December 15, 2019. Fourteen years later she succumbed to the injuries she sustained from the stabbing on January 16, 2020 at the Nyangabwe Referral Hospital in Francistown. When passing judgement, Justice Lot Moroka of the Francistown High Court said the evidence led in court shows that Machacha and Onthusitse were lovers and they stayed together at Onthusitse’s place of residence. “The deceased was employed and she went to work in the morning and returned in the evening. During that fateful day, the deceased came back from work and she proceeded to bath her children inside the room that she shared with the accused. Between 8 and 9pm, one Tshimologo Fourteen who was also living in the same compound with the accused and deceased, said while she was sleeping outside her house within the yard, she heard someone inside the accused and deceased’s room screaming as if he or she was being muzzled.

Tshimologo also testified that shortly after she heard someone screaming, Onthusitse came out of her room by forcefully opening the door and it came off with its hinges. Tshimologo also stated that shortly after Onthusitse came out of her room, she saw Machacha chasing her (Onthusitse) and Onthusitse fell to the ground,” said Justice Moroka. The judge added that after Onthusitse fell down, Tshimologo also testified that she saw Machacha stabbing her (Onthusitse) with a sharp object several times before he escaped. Tshimologo, Justice Moroka went on, also testified that after Machacha escaped, she went to one of her neighbours to ask for transport to take Onthusitse to the clinic. “There is no suggestion that Tshimologo could lie or not be trusted. Her testimony is intact and has not been controverted. The defence said that no one saw Machacha stabbing the deceased inside the room.

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