Francistown Magistrate Ishmael Molobe said giving instant bail to those charged with serious crimes may create the impression that the courts take such matters lightly.
Molobe pointed this out when denying bail to 23-year-old murder suspect, Unabo Mathina on Wednesday morning.
Mathina, of Jamataka village, is accused of killing 20-year-old Goitseone Mothibi in a drunken brawl at a shebeen in Marobela last Saturday.
He was arrested two days after the alleged crime in Gumare, where he had reportedly gone into hiding.
“Murder is a serious offence for which you cannot be arraigned and be given bail immediately. It is only freshly committed, it is too soon,” he told the accused.
Prosecutor Patrick Ramapodisi had asked the court to further keep Mathina in jail as the matter is fresh and investigations on-going.
“We need to go to the crime scene and also collect statements from witnesses. Exhibits have not been recovered,” the prosecutor told court.
For his part, the charged man asked the magistrate to grant him bail and promised to be available whenever needed for investigations and court appearances.
He also added that the court should release him as he did not intentionally commit the alleged murder.
However, Molobe remained unconvinced and remanded the suspect in jail until his next court appearance, scheduled for the 5th of July.