Trial dates set for alleged armed robbers

Portia Mlilo
AWAITING TRIAL: Khupe and Maturetse

Extension II Chief Magistrate, Queen Moanga, has set the 9th of November as a trial date for a case in which two Zimbabwean men are facing three counts of armed robberies.

Bokani Khupe and Felix Maturetse both aged 30 years are currently remanded in custody pending trial.

The duo pleaded not guilty to the offence. The accused persons have other robbery cases pending before Broadhurst Magistrate Court.

This Monday, State Prosecutor Nametsegang Jimson told court that investigations on the two additional charges are complete.

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In the previous mention, the prosecution said it was left with one witness statement which was not recorded as the witness was in confinement.

Court heard that on or about the 1st of July 2019, at Ga-Marete ward in Taung near Ramotswa, the accused persons acting together and in concert, stole a white Allex car valued at P38 000 belonging to Leungo Mogotetsi.

It is alleged that the accused threatened the complainant with the knife when they stole the motor vehicle. On the second count the duo allegedly robbed Mogotetsi of property valued at P50, 040 at knife point.

When asked if they had anything to say, Khupe said the added charges occurred last years and he does not understand why they are bringing the matter up now.

He said he has been appearing in court for other robbery cases committed in Mogoditshane.

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“The Investigating Officer was aware of those cases and he could have added them to the charge sheet. I could have been long arraigned and my cases run concurrently. Nothing was found in our possession linking us to the offence. We are behind bars while the offender is out there,” said Khupe

In the previous mention, the second accused, Maturetse, cried foul claiming the Investigating Officer misplaced his passport and that he wanted to use it to apply for bail.

The Investigating Officer however presented the said passport before court but it was rejected as it had long expired.

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