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‘Cousin insurance’ murder suspect remanded

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‘Cousin insurance' murder suspect remanded
REMANDED: Thato Tsametse

This Tuesday the High Court suspended a bail ruling in a case where a man is accused of killing his 17-year-old cousin for insurance purposes.

29-year-old Thato Tsametse is currently on remand for the murder of his teenage relative, Arnold Kitso Ofentse, who died under mysterious circumstances back in March.

The Form 2 Ledumadumane JSS student’s lifeless body was discovered under a tree, his throat cut with a suspected ‘sharp object’, although the murder weapon has not yet been found.

Tsametse, who comes from Tumasera and has a two-month-old child, was arrested after Police received a tip off from a traditional doctor, who claimed the suspect consulted him for cleansing and confessed to killing Ofentse.

Allegations are that the accused had insured Ofentse under Botswana Life Insurance’s Mmoloki Funeral Policy as well as at Barclays Bank.

Two weeks after his young cousin’s death, Tsametse is said to have claimed P50, 000 from Barclays and Botswana Life Policy for his benefits, allegedly using the money to buy a Honda Fit vehicle and a cellphone.

The accused had applied for his freedom at the High Court after Broadhurst Magistrate Tshepo Thedi denied him bail in his previous mention.

However the matter was suspended due to the unavailability of Justice Omphemetse Motumise, with the next mention set for June 15.

Previously, Tsametse had pleaded with Magistrate Thedi to grant him bail saying he is a breadwinner and takes care of his mother, siblings and infant.