Murder accused fights for bail

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Murder accused Patrick Chirunga made another attempt for bail, a few weeks after Gaborone High Court Judge Singh Walia turned him down. Chirunga is accused of killing a University of Botswana professor, Richard Sehurutshe, earlier this year. Sehurutshe was found dumped in Molepolole and his car stolen.

The state alleges that Chirunga, who is also facing two counts of motor vehicle theft, allegedly abducted the academic from his Phase 2 home in Gaborone. Chirunga appeared yesterday before High Court Judge Bengbame Sechele to fight for freedom pending completion of investigations into his suspected crime. The bail hearing was postponed to August 28 after the state and the defence said they had a few issues to iron out before proceeding with the matter.

Chirunga’s lawyer, Friday Leburu, said he believed his client’s application had prospects of success. In June, Leburu tried but failed to get Walia to recuse himself from the matter, after saying the judge had pre-judged the bail application. “I believe the application had prospects of succeeding,” Leburu said. “I intend to submit the post-mortem report that will show that my client had nothing to do with Sehurutshe’s murder.”

Editor's Comment
‘Boraboko’ should face the wrath of the law

Still in Molepolole, a young woman was also reported missing, only for her decapitated body to be found inside in a shallow grave! The issue of missing persons has always been a challenge in our country, and a considerable number of missing persons are unfortunately found dead! Something troubling is the murders related to missing persons, which touch on an array of issues, including the killing of intimate partners, often referred to as passion...

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