Jeremiah Ramodisa, 55 killed his wife on Valentine’s Day eve last year
While trying to prove his innocence Ramodisa who has been a councillor at the Tswapong South constituency since 2004 told court that he only intended to scare off and not shoot his wife.
The immaculately dressed father of five who pleaded not guilty, claimed his late adulterous wife utterances of “ ke satsi ketla go chachamisa” (am still yet to make you suffer) had provoked his actions.
He however said even though a scuffle ensued between him and his wife on the fateful day, he never meant to kill her.
Despite his evidence and showing remorse, Ramodisa failed to win the sympathy of Francistown High Court Judge Justice Zibani Makhwade.
In delivering the sentence Justice Makhwade noted that the accused had given two conflicting statements about the shooting of his wife.
“In his confession statement before a judicial officer the accused said he came out of the house holding a gun with his left hand intending to shoot in the air. But instead when he pulled the trigger the bullet went through the deceased’s chest as she was running away,” he said.
He also said from the other statement given, the deceased had earlier announced that she was going to apply for divorce, but on February, 13 she disclosed that she would no longer do so.
“The deceased also proposed to temporarily live with one of the relatives who had come for the reconciliatory meeting on the day she was shot, a thing which did not go down well with the accused. The accused has told two conflicting stories, both which cannot be true. It’s either one is true or both versions are false,” said Makhwade.
He said that from evidence presented the deceased must have run out of the house fleeing from the accused.