Four years after the brutal murder of their daughter, the Tauejele family have finally found closure.
In 2013, Mosetsana Taujele was stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack by the father of her two children, 38-year-old Keorapetse Makhura.
Having been found guilty of the murder, last week the Palapye native received a 20-year jail sentence from Francistown High Court.
During mitigation Reneetswe Rabosotho, representing the accused, pleaded with court to temper justice with mercy, noting that Makhura was a first time offender.
“Be lenient without forgetting the seriousness of the crime. The accused has gone up to Form Two at school – thus he did not have the intelligence to deal with the stress of that relationship,” pleaded Rabosotho.
“He has five children, including the two he fathered with the deceased, and they will be orphaned for a long time if he gets a stern sentence. My lord, also consider that he was incarcerated prior to his conviction,” continued Rabosotho.
Prosecuting the case for the state, Kenayaone Kethapetswe revealed that Makhura had a history of abusing the deceased and argued that the murder was premeditated.
“The morning he left the house he had a knife in his pocket – we pray that a stern sentence will send a message: killing cannot be tolerated,” said Kethapetswe.
Before passing sentence, Judge Lot Moroka regrettably noted that ‘passion killing cases’ have become prevalent in this country.
“This court deals with murder cases every week! Murder is a serious offence; life taken cannot be retained. The accused murdered his girlfriend when he should have been the one to protect her.
“He chased after her and killed her in front of people in broad daylight. The evidence given during trial showed he was a violent person,” ruled Moroka, before condemning Makhura to 20 years behind bars.