Murder accused on bail hangs himself

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FRANCISTOWN: : A murder accused, Otlhalefile Sejaka, who was out on bail allegedly committed suicide after being on the run and wanted by the police for a different criminal matter.

In an interview with Matsiloje Station Commander, Superintended Oteng Ngada, confirmed that a 43-year-old man from Kulenyane ward in Matshelagabedi hanged himself on the rafters of his bedroom with shoe laces. The aforementioned 43-year-old man was reportedly on bail after allegedly killing Mbotho Motsamai last year alongside his co-accused, Thabo Robert.

He further said it is assumed that he committed suicide because of the unlawful wounding case that was brought against him in a separate. Ngada indicated that prior to taking his life, the 43-year-old man was on the run and wanted by the police for unlawfully wounding his 37-year-old ex-girlfriend on Sunday. "The murder suspect received a message from his relatives stating that the police were looking for him when he got home on Monday night. Additionally, he allegedly confided in a neighbour, promising to turn himself in to the police. The neighbour called the deceased several times and didn’t get a response and then he reached out to his brothers to check on him,” he added.

The Matsiloje police chief further said that at the time when the deceased’s brothers went to check on him, they found him lifeless and hanging from the rafters. Furthermore, he reported that the deceased's victim, a 37-year-old woman, is stable and is receiving care at the Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital (NRH). Speaking of the couple's relationship before the incident, Ngada stated that the 37-year-old was regularly abused by the deceased man while they were dating. He added that the 37-year-old woman ended the relationship during the first week of March, 2024 and applied for a restraining order, which the court granted. He added that the deceased was charged in a pending murder case before the Francistown Magistrate's Court along with two others on September 6, 2023. Ngada stated that the accused individuals were expected to appear on June 6 for their next mention. Additionally, he stated that this is the first suicide case that their policing area has recorded since the beginning of 2024.

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