Jailed trio seek case withdrawal

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FRANCISTOWN: Three men serving 17-year jail terms for murder, will have to wait until April 30 to find out whether they have been granted a stay of prosecution in connection with separate charges of rape and robbery.

Yesterday, Justice Gaelapelwe Ketlogetswe of the Francistown High Court reserved judgment in the matter in which the three men argue that a stay of prosecution should be granted as the state has taken too long to bring the rape and robbery charges to trial.

Thatayaone Maano, Boikanyo Madome and Onalekitso Nkarabeng are accused of robbing Joshua Keweditswe, Ronny Kateera and a female companion of a cell phone and money using knives and screwdrivers at Palapye on June 28, 2008. They are also suspected of forcing the woman into a car boot, driving to Bonwakatlhako lands and raping her.

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