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Murder suspect remanded to give way to investigations

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Broadhurst Chief Magistrate, Faith Ngandu yesterday denied murder accused, Thato Tsametse, bail pending police investigations.

The 29-year-old Tsametse of Tumasera is accused of killing his cousin, Arnold Kitso Ofentse, allegedly for insurance benefits.

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

Two weeks after allegedly killing his cousin, Tsametse is said to have claimed P50 000 from Barclays and Botswana Life policy for his benefits and bought a Honda Fit vehicle and a cellphone.

State Prosecutor, Seargent Seekolo, told court that the accused was arrested this Tuesday and that investigations into the matter have just started.

He said tempers of the deceased’s relatives are still high and that Tsametse will be safer while in custody.

“We are still awaiting the forensic report. The investigating officer is still consulting with the insurance company to find out how much the accused claimed and if it is the money he used to buy the car,” said Seekolo

When asked if he has anything to say, the accused told the court that he is a breadwinner and that he takes care of his mother and siblings.

He also said he has a two-months-old child that needs his care.

Chief Magistrate Ngandu further remanded Ofentse in Custody and his next mention is 4th of April.

The deceased’s brother Marks Ofentse, popularly known as ‘Kganka’ in the music industry said he was still struggling to come to terms with the murder of his brother and only sibling.

He said he lost his mother and that Arnold was the only sibling he was left with.

He said Tsametse deserves to be hanged and die a painful death just like he did to his younger brother.

“This whole thing was planned. What I read in newspapers and what my aunt, the one who was staying with Arnold, was saying at the funeral is totally different. I knew there was something fishy. I am glad the suspect has been arrested and I wish the court does not grant him bail,” said Ofentse.