Youthful exuberance influenced murder accused – defence attorney

Francistown High Court PIC: KEOAGILE BONANG
Francistown High Court PIC: KEOAGILE BONANG

FRANCISTOWN: The defence attorney in a murder case has pleaded with the court to have mercy on his client since he was influenced by youthfulness when he committed the offence.

Stating mitigatory factors in the matter of Neo Mosepele who allegedly murdered Patrick Sondano on August 26, 2017, at Sedie ward in Maun, attorney Morgan Moseki told Justice Bengbame Sechele the accused was aged just 18 when he committed the offence.

“The accused has also pleaded guilty to the offence, which is a sign of remorse on his part. The accused was also intoxicated when he committed the offence. We, therefore, pray that the court should have mercy on the accused when sentencing him. We pray that the court should also pass a sentence that will rehabilitate the accused although we are not downplaying the seriousness of the offence,” Moseki said.

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