Jealous lover escapes date with executioner

FRANCISTOWN: The anxiety of possibly having a date with the executioner dissipated albeit on a lesser scale after the murder accused was convicted of manslaughter on Friday. Otlaadisa Dintwa was convicted of unintentionally killing Kesegofetse Kgathegang on July 4, 2015 at Metsiakgama cattlepost near Letlhakane village.

Dintwa was also convicted on his own plea of guilty for commonly assaulting his girlfriend, Baitsapi Ramarotse, for dancing seductively with Kgathegang on that fateful day. According to the judgement that was delivered by Justice Barnabas Nyamadzabo, Kgathegang also attracted the wrath of Dintwa after he saw Kgathegang and Ramarotse emerging from the lavatory together although the details of what they were doing in the bathroom were not revealed in court. Earlier, the court heard that Dintwa had previously admonished Ramarotse, striking her with a log after he saw Kgathegang touching Ramarotse’s waist and bottom while they (Ramarotse and Kgathegang) were dancing. Nyamadzabo said that the first prosecution witness, Vincent Kesebonye, told the court that the assault and manslaughter incidents happened when the Botswana senior men’s team, Zebras, were playing with their counterparts from Lesotho, Likuena, on Botswana Television. Dintwa, the court heard, had asked Ramarotse to kraal the goats and they left together. “According to Kesebonye, 15 minutes after halftime, Kgathegang also left saying that he was going to kraal cattle at his place.

Not long after Kgathegang left, Dintwa arrived and told his employer, Kesebonye that ‘I have stabbed Kgathegang with a knife at the kraal’. “When Kesebonye asked Dintwa why he stabbed Kgathegang, Dintwa told Kesebonye that he stabbed Kgathegang because he (Dintwa) saw Kgathegang touching and dancing seductively with Ramarotse,” said Nyamadzabo. Ramarotse also told the court that Dintwa had hit her with a log after he accused her of dancing in a sexually suggestive way with Kgathegang.

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