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Murder accused voluntarily gives confession

06 Jun 2024

Murder accused, Tumelo Gadilaolwe has voluntarily and freely made a confession statement of involuntarily killing Thulaganyo Motlhobogwa. 

Former Jwaneng Senior Magistrate and now Acting Deputy Registrar and Master of the High Court-Lobatse Division, Mr Odirile Mokgatle, said this when giving evidence before Justice Mokwadi Gabanagae of the Gaborone High Court on Wednesday. 

Mr Mokgatle, who was the judicial officer who administered the confession statement, said the accused arrived at his office on May 5, 2017 having been in police custody since April 31.

“I asked him if he had been unduly forced to make a confession statement by the police and he said no,” Mr Mokgatle said. 

However, he said although the accused had been in custody for more than 48 hours, he did not ascertain the reasons for this lengthened remand. 

He said the accused told him that the police had done nothing to him in order to induce him to confess to the crime, adding that the accused appeared physically fine. 

In his confession Gadilaolwe also categorically made it clear that he unintentionally killed the deceased after he attacked him with a bottle. 

Another witness, Ms Lapologang Kelatlhege said they were home when the deceased, who was intoxicated, arrived and started harassing to the extent of fighting with some men. 

She said when they chased him from the house, he started banging the doors and windows and when the accused reprimanded him, he insulted the accused and his parents. 

He said in the early morning, the accused went outside the house and found the deceased with some men, adding that she heard the sounds of bottles and scooter toy. 

Upon going outside, she saw the deceased holding himself below the breasts going towards the fence, adding that the deceased later stopped responding. 

She said upon undressing the deceased, they found a stab wound on his chest, although the accused had told them that he hit the deceased with a scooter toy. 

Ms Kelatlhege said she and the accused managed to drive the deceased to the Jwaneng Mine Hospital adding that along the way, the accused was worried that the police would be called in. 

To calm him down, Ms Kelatlhege said she told the accused that they would tell both the doctors and the police that they did not know the accused as he only asked them for assistance. 

She said the deceased was certified dead by the doctor and they were referred to the police for statements. 

“The hospital staff said they could not get hold of the police and they said we should go to the police and call them when we arrive there,” she said. 

She said when they arrived at the police, they were separated, adding she decided to tell the police what transpired. Gadilaolwe is accused of killing Motlhobogwa in Jwaneng on or about April 30, 2017.

The state is represented by Ms Omphemetse Ntwayagae of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions while the accused is represented by Mr Mhembere Wellington of Wellington Attorneys. ENDs

Source : BOPA

Author : Bonang Masolotate

Location : GABORONE

Event : Court case

Date : 06 Jun 2024