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Granny’s murder suspects denied bail

CAMERA SHY: Ramokgosi and Diane

Two men charged for the brutal murder of an 81-year-old woman in Tonota were this week denied bail by a Francistown magistrates court.

The first accused, Ramokgosi Ramokgosi (29) who worked for the deceased as a herdboy told the court that his co-accused, Thuso Diane (25) did not know anything about the murder and asked that he be cleared of the charges.

The Investigating Officer in the matter, Sengwenyana Keleitse, however pleaded with Magistrate Amantle Lungisane to have the two men further remanded as upon arrest Ramokgosi had confessed that he committed the offense with Diane.

The two men are said to have strangled the aged Sediretse Marape to death on February 3rd at Mohakamme ward in Tonota.

The deceased’s brother-in-law, Basuthu Marape, told The Voice in an interview that on the fateful day he received a call from relatives while he had gone to collect his pension at the post office, informing him about his sister’s death.

“When I got there I found people packed in my sister’s yard. And when I entered her room, I found her motionless body with pillows piled on top of her from the waist to the head. We suspect that the horrific incident happened on Saturday and only found on Monday as she was staying alone since her only child stays at Palapye,” revealed Busuthu.

When opposing the bail application, Keleitse told the court that the two men were only arrested between the 5th and 6th of February and that investigations were still at infancy stage.

“We are still recording statements and public tempers are still high because of the manner the deceased was found murdered. Postmortem results are not yet out and there is a likelihood of more charges being laid against the accused. I therefore request the accused persons to be remanded until the investigations are complete,” pleaded the investigating officer.

The duo was further remanded in custody and will reappear in court on February 23rd.