Sepopa's psychiatric assessment results out in two weeks

Mogomotsi Sepopa. PIC MORERI EJAKGOMO
Mogomotsi Sepopa. PIC MORERI EJAKGOMO

Double murder accused Mogomotsi Sepopa’s psychiatric assessment results’ reading has been further postponed by additional two weeks.

The Botswana Defence Force Captain is accused of fatally shooting his wife Bogolo Sepopa and another woman Same Moapare back in July at the Village army camp. He was referred to go for a psychiatric assessment after presiding Magistrate Kamogelo Mmesi ordered that the accused should undergo psychiatric assessment to establish if he is mentally fit. The presiding magistrate bemoaned that Sepopa has not depicted any emotions in the court mentions and should be assessed if he is mentally fit or not. Appearing for the State, Prosecutor Katlego Seema told Extension II Magistrate that the accused did go for psychiatric assessment on August 30 as it had been stipulated before court in the last mention. “The accused was indeed taken for psychiatric assessment on the date set and he did it,” Seema told court.

Prosecutor Seema further stated that in a new turn of events, Sepopa had another assessment done on him on Wednesday. “On September 6, 2023 another evaluation was done on the accused person,” the State prosecutor added. Due to the additional evaluation done on the accused, Seema indicated that the assessing psychiatrists need more time to give profound results. “I have been told that we shall have the assessment report in the next two weeks,” she said. Meanwhile, for the second time, the accused’s attorney Ofentse Khumomotse did not appear in court for his client. In his attorney’s absence presiding Magistrate who is also a chief Magistrate Mmesi asked Sepopa if he has anything to say.

He responded by saying "nothing". Upon hearing the two sides in court, the Magistrate further remanded Sepopa in custody. “The accused will appear for his status hearing on September 21st and he is set to be further remanded in custody till then,” Magistrate Mmesi said.


Editor's Comment
Respect public institutions Mr Pres

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