A herdman from Mmapatse cattle-post near Marapong village was last week dragged before a Francistown Magistrate Court charged with murder and bodily harm.
Baithoki Jackson allegedly attacked two Zimbabwean men with a knife during the Independence Holidays resulting in the death of one Emmanuel Bedi and injury of Norman Moyo who is currently admitted in a critical condition.
Appearing before court last week, the accused was read the charge of murder and grievous body harm but was asked not to take a plea.
State Prosecutor Nomsa Moatswe asked the court to keep Jackson in remand revealing that police investigations into the murder were still premature. She also indicated that one of the victims was currently battling for his life in hospital pointing that it would be inappropriate for the accused to be granted bail.
Meanwhile Jackson who is employed by a high ranking officer within the police department told The Voice during an interview outside court that he was acting on self defence.
“Those guys are the ones who started the fight. 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.”
Principal Magistrate Kgololesego Segabo however ordered Jackson to be thrown behind bars until the 18 of October when he would be brought to court for mention.