THREE Botswana nationals facing charges of murdering a Zimbabwean escaped imprisonment on Friday when they were acquitted by the Gaborone High Court.
Super Aeye, Onalenna Tshwabi and Mokganedi Kakanyo (ages not given) were accused of murdering Dumisani Moyana on August 5 2010 following a fight that broke out between the suspects and a gang of Zimbabweans in Kaduwe, Botswana.
The Mid-Week Sun newspaper reported that the three were denying the charge when they appeared before Gaborone High Court judge Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo on a charge of murder. The judge found them not guilty and acquitted them.
Chief Justice Dibotelo heard that there was a quarrel between Kakanyo and five Zimbabweans, who included the deceased.
The fight, according to court documents, broke out when Kakanyo stopped music at Mmasethalala shebeen near Kaduwe when people were still dancing.
Chief Justice Dibotelo ruled: “In my judgment the 1st accused should be acquitted as he was acting in self-defence when he stabbed the deceased once with a knife.”
He also went on to acquit the other two accused persons.