The Francistown High Court sentenced a 31-year-old man to a 10 year prison term for the murder of his girlfriend in December 2010
Court heard that Kenalemang Rakgomo stabbed Tsholofelo Kemolathe with a knife after seeing her in an uncompromising position with another man and suspected that she was cheating on him.
It was revealed in court during the course of their love relationship the accused and the deceased had a misunderstanding owing to the accused person’s suspicion that his girlfriend was in a relationship with a boy called Ntombi.
The accused called his friends to help him resolve their differences including his suspected love rival Ntombi.
When Rakgomo confronted him with his suspicions Ntombi flatly denied ever being romantically involved with the deceased. After the meeting, the accused and deceased decided to meet at the deceased house.
At night whilst heading to the deceased house, the accused saw the deceased and Notombi standing together in a dark alley.
The deceased was naked suggesting they had been having sex.
Upon seeing the accused the two parted, each running in different direction.
The accused caught the deceased and ordered her to put on the clothes before going to Serale pond where he assaulted her and took out a knife which he used to stab her repeatedly on the neck.
According to the postmortem she died due to shock hemorrhage consequent to stab injury in the neck.
Before Passing Sentence Judge Lot Moroka stated that the accused is a first time offender, was 24-year-old by the time he committed the offence and that he has a child to take care of.
“He pleaded guilty to show remorse and he was diminished by his anger and jealousy occasioned by seeing his girlfriend naked in the presence of a man she had earlier denied to be in love with.
“Therefore I sentence him to 10 years in prison and the imprisonment effective from the 1st of August 2016,” closed Moroka.