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He grabbed my balls and I hacked him

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ACCUSED: Noel Dube

A middle aged man is fighting for his life at Nyangagbwe Referral Hospital after he was hacked with an axe following a scuffle at Matshelagabedi village last Thursday.

George Kelebeletse is said to have been attacked by Zimbabwean illegal immigrant, Noel Dube (27) with an axe resulting in severed cheeks, a crushed jaw and a deep cut on the back.

Noel appeared before a Francistown Magistrates Court this week for his first arraignment where State Prosecutor, Chilume Mpena, pleaded with Magistrate Lebogang Kebeetswe to reserve the accused person’s plea as the matter was still fresh and investigations are still ongoing.

“The victim is hospitalised at Nyangabgwe referral hospital. The accused person is an illegal immigrant so there is a likelihood that if granted bail he may abscond,” said prosecutor Mpena.

When asked if he had anything to say, Dube told court that the victim provoked him by grabbing his testicles and that he angrily retaliated by hacking him with an axe.

Magistrate Kebeetsweng however said since he has not yet taken a plea she would not comment.

She then remanded him in custody and he will appear again in court on February 7th.