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Two charged with murder of hexagenarian

Two charged with murder of hexagenarian
February 12
10:38 2018
  • In another homicidal rage involving a herd boy and power relations, a 67-year old grandmother is raped and strangulated by two young men

TEBOGO MMOLAWA

Controversial wage deductions may have fuelled the fury of a herd boy who recruited a friend to gang-rape a 67-year old granny before the two young men strangulated the old-age pensioner in Tonota last week.

Sediretse Marape was discovered half-naked by relatives who rushed her to a clinic where she was confirmed dead on arrival last Tuesday.

Medics at the clinic said Marape died of strangulation.

Two young men have already been arraigned before the Francistown Magistrates Court for murder where drama unfolded when Marape declared his ‘accomplice’ innocent’ and asked that he be set free.

In the end, they were both remanded in custody because they were deemed flight risks and for their own safety.

Global Post is reliably informed that the two suspects allegedly raped and murdered Marape after one of them, 26-year old Ramokgosi Ramokgosi, who was employed as a herd boy by the deceased, after what he considered undue  deductions were extracted from his wages.

After Ramokgosi allegedly took a bag from someone on credit, the creditor arranged with his employer to deduct the amount owed from Ramokgosi’s wages, which Marape allegedly did.

According to the macabre chronicle, Ramokgosi took his slashed wages and went on a drinking spree before returning to Marape’s house with 25-year old Thuso Diane where they raped her and proceeded to visit death by strangulation upon her.

Diane works in the famine relief Ipelegeng programme in which irregular because employees take turns.

The two were arrested in a police manhunt after they fled the ghastly scene.

In court last Friday, the investigating Officer Detective Constable Sengwenyana Keleitsi opposed bail for the accused. “Our investigations are still at an initial stage and we are yet to record statements from possible key witnesses,” Keleitsi argued.

He noted that the accused had fled the scene after allegedly perpetrating their ghoulish deed.  Besides, he added, tempers were still high in Tonota.

Keleitsi pressed on: “Ramokgosi is a suspect of rape which occurred between the 10th and the 12th of October 2015 which he allegedly committed at Mabesekwa Village. He disappeared into thin air after being granted bail by the court.”

When he got an opportunity to cross examine the investigating officer, Ramokgosi asked the police to set Diane because he was “innocent”. Keleitsi returned that upon the two being arrested, Ramokgosi had told the police that he had committed the crime with Diane but only changed his statement upon confrontation.

At the end of the mention, Magistrate Amantle Lungisani remanded both accused in custody. “The accused persons are remanded in custody until the 23rd of this month,” the magistrate said.

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