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Four face motor theft illegal abode charges

19 Apr 2023

Four Zimbabwean nationals have, on April 18, appeared before Broadhurst Magistrate, Ms Segomotso Phetogo to answer for charges of motor vehicle theft and residing in Botswana unlawfully.

The four, Carrington Chifutuka (29), Kelvin Takawanda (26), Cedric Tsikira (19) and Terence Tawanda (22) are accused of stealing a white hatchback Audi A3 around February 8 near Solomon Dihutso Primary School, Khunou ward in Mogoditshane in the Kweneng Administrative District.

Court heard that the stolen vehicle, unregistered and valued at P85 000, belonged to Bestos Motors.

In addition to the charges, Chifutuka was accused of unlawfully remaining in the country for over 36 months.

Co-accused Takawanda, Tsikira and Tawanda were each charged with entering the country through ungazetted points.

Appearing for the prosecution, Detective Superintendent Andrew Mbazo of Serious Crime Squad told court that though the matter was still fresh, investigations were almost compete.

He, however, requested that pleas in respect of all the charges be reserved until the next mention.

He further told court that the state would vehemently oppose bail application by the accused because at the time of their arrest, they were all staying in the country illegally.

The four are scheduled to appear for another mention on May 2. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Bonang Masolotate

Location : GABORONE

Event : court

Date : 19 Apr 2023