A headman from Mmapatse cattle-post near Marapong village was last week dragged before a Francistown Magistrates’ Court to answer to charges of attacking two Zimbabweans, one of them fatally and seriously injuring the other with a knife.
Report by Staff Reporter
Baithoki Jackson, a Motswana, was not asked to plead to murder and grievous bodily harm charges when he appeared before Francistown principal magistrate Kgololesego Segabo.
The court ordered him to be remanded in custody to October 18.
State prosecutor Nomsa Moatswe told the court that Jackson allegedly attacked two Zimbabwean men, Emmanuel Bedi and Norman Moyo, with a knife during Botswana’s Independence holiday on September 30 this year.
The attack resulted in the death of Bedi while Moyo sustained serious injuries and is currently in a critical condition in hospital.
In detaining him in custody, the court noted that police had not yet finished their investigations into the murder case, adding one of the victims was currently battling for his life in hospital.
The Voice newspaper reported on Saturday that Jackson who is employed by a high-ranking officer within the police department claimed that he attacked the Zimbabweans, while acting in self defence.
“Those guys are the ones who started the fight,” he said.
“In fact the knife that I used to commit the offence which I am currently facing belongs to one of them. The two wanted to rob me because they knew I had money on that day.”