Godfrey Kgosiemang, a taxi-driver who this week sent shockwaves across Maun after he allegedly kidnapped and killed his girlfriend’s 6-year-old son, was this morning remanded in custody to give way to police investigations.
Appearing in shackles under the anxious glares from an incensed crowd, the 30-year-old Kgosiemang had his charges read out to him, but was not asked to enter any plea as it was reserved for his next court appearance.
According to the charge sheet, Kgosiemang is accused for the murder of Osi Chakona (6), attempted murder of his girlfriend, Oboletse Chakona (30) and for burning down Oboletse’s car.
It is alleged that the whole drama started when the couple’s toxic relationship spiraled into a violent confrontation this week and Kgosiemang who was cohabitting with Oboletse at Disaneng ward turned his rage on the innocent child.
When confirming the details of the incident, Maun Police Station Commander, Dennis Zilawe, said Kgosiemang reportedly picked the woman from her work place and an argument that led to violence is said to have ensued along the way.
“The woman then decided to get out of his boyfriend’s taxi and took a different taxi home. When she got home her son was not there and she was told that his step father came home and went out with him.”
Fearing for the child’s safety, the woman is said to have immediately reported the matter to the police and a search party was dispatched.
“At midnight a report was made that a car had been torched at the couple’s place,” explained Zilawe further noting that the car belonged to Kgosiemang’s girlfriend.
At the time the taxi man was still nowhere to be found and so was the boy.
On Wednesday morning Kgosiemang handed himself to Maun police station and told the police that he was with the child and that he was carrying him in the car boot.
The police are said to have found the boy unconscious and rushed him to the hospital where he was certified dead upon arrival.
Kgosiemang has been remanded in police custody and he will be brought before court on August 24th.