Twelve strokes for three 'drunk' offences

court hammer
court hammer

A 27 year-old man was whipped 12 times yesterday after Urban Customary Court president, Dikwalo Monametsi found him guilty of assaulting police officers on duty, resisting arrest and common nuisance.

Kebarileng Motshegwa was given the punishment for harassing and fighting Urban Police Station officers at Kofifi bars in Bontleng. The court heard that the police officers were attending to a call at the bars and when they tried to leave, a drunk Motshegwa stood in front of their vehicle, blocking its exit. He is alleged to have insulted the officers who pleaded with him to give way. After a while, he jumped on the back of the police bakkie, hurled more insults, pulled an officer from the vehicle and slapped him across the face. He was finally restrained by the officers after a long struggle.

At first, Motshegwa denied the charges yesterday and blamed his behaviour on alcohol. But afterwards, he changed his plea and said that even though his actions were unlawful, he did not intend to commit a crime as he was drunk and unaware of what he was doing.

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