Mosquito sprayer fails to overturn 10-year robbery sentence

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FRANCISTOWN: A man who fumigated a house for mosquitoes before returning to beat up and rob the homeowners of P11,400 in cash and property, has failed to have the High Court overturn his 10 year sentence for the crime.

While working as an Environmental Health Assistant employed by the Tonota Sub District in 2011, Gofaone Randele broke into Balengi Jimmy’s house at Borolong village where he stole an LG cell phone valued at P4,500, Samsung cell phone worth P1,600, Nokia cell phone worth P300 and cash amounting to P5,000.

After spraying the house for mosquitoes and even being served lunch by children during the day of the incident, Randele returned at night and assaulted the children with an iron rod before making off with the goods and cash. He also stole two handbags containing Naomi Jimmy’s passport and Omang. Appealing his case before Justice Lot Moroka, Randele said that the State had failed to prove that he was in Borolong when the crime was committed. He also said the complainants did not properly identify him and no goods were recovered from him after the commission of the offence. Randele said on the dates in question – which he gave as December 21 and 22 2011 – he had spent a night at his girlfriend’s place in Tati Siding before travelling to Gaborone on December 23 after he was given leave by his employer.

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