Suspected thieves remanded
REMANDED: Robbery suspects

Believed to have stolen US$22, 000 cash

Village Magistrates Court further remanded three suspected thieves in custody on Wednesday.

24-year-old Laone Keitsile, Tumelo Molema 21 and Jonathan Thembikile Masombika have each been charged with one count of robbery over an incident dating back to 21 March outside a house in Gaborone’s Phase 2 location.

The trio, as well as others not before court, are accused of acting together, jointly in concert, to rob one Molaodi Goitseone of US$22, 000 (P220, 000) in cash.

Goitseone and his wife had been due to fly to China the following day, which is what the money was for.

The suspected robbers also said to have stolen four cellphones valued at P19, 700 and a power bank worth P200.

Allegations are that immediately, before or after the robbery they used violence to retain such property.

Opposing bail, Investigating Officer Detective, Sergeant Mosekiemang said investigations were at an initial stage.

He said they are hopeful of recovering other stolen properties but stressed the accused persons were likely to interfere with the police’s investigations if granted bail.

“We have only managed to recover US$900 (P9, 000) from the accused persons and a car which our investigations revealed was bought from this crime proceeds.We have also recovered two cellphones. We have leads and we hope the other accused persons will be arrested soon,” testified Mosekiemang.

The accused’s attorney, Kagisano Tamocha of Masire Legal Consultancy, objected the state’s reasoning, arguing that fear of interference with investigations was not enough for the court to remand his clients.

For his part, State Prosecutor Inspector Phale conceded that the accused have the right to await trial on bail but maintained court has to balance between them and the victim.

He emphasised the seriousness of the matter and said they still have to check their records to determine whether the accused have other pending matters.

Presiding over the case, Magistrate Lindiwe Makgoro ordered the three be further remanded in custody.

She said she would deliver bail ruling in their next mention set for 6 May.

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