OFF DUTY OFFICER INTERVENES IN VIOLENT DOMESTIC DISPUTE
A Mmanoko man is fighting for his life at Princess Marina Hospital after his manhood was badly wounded by a gunshot from a police officer who tried to stop the man from assaulting his girlfriend.
Bonnie Ramoagi, 38, has lived to tell the story of a violent altercation with Assistant Superintendent Sekolokwane on Boxing Day at Mmanoko village near Molepolole.
On the fateful day, Ramoagi who had knocked off from his new job on the fourth day as a security guard said he had had a misunderstanding with his girlfriend, Montlenyane Kerapetse.
“It was late in the afternoon on December 26 when we had a fight with Montlenyane.
She fell to the ground during the fight and when I looked over my shoulder I noticed that a car had parked nearby and the driver started shouting at me and I told him it was none of his business.
He then went back to his car and brought a rifle. I was unarmed but he shot me on my genitals.
I grabbed the rifle and as we struggled another shot went off into the air and he managed to overpower me and hit me with the rifle butt on the head,” he said showing the wounded genitals and a scar on his head.
Ramoagi who is contemplating legal action against his assailant says he is worried that he may never be able to bear children again.
“Right now I’m in a lot of pain and my life may change for good even if the wound heals.
I did not know that man and he had no right to shoot me especially that I was not armed and I’ll make sure he pays for what he has done to me,” he said.
The woman at the centre of the controversy, Kerapetse says he had gone to charge cellphones belonging to her and Ramoagi’s mother at a neighbour’s house a few kilometers from her house.
“I do that very often because we do not have any electricity at our house.
We always fight with my boyfriend because he is very jealous and most of the time he is very insecure when he’s not with me.
On that day he had hit me hard and I almost fainted when I fell to the ground. I lay there for a few minutes and got up when I heard the gunshots.
I cried when I noticed that my boyfriend had been shot and was bleeding and that was when his attacker ran away and got into his car and drove off,” she said.
Ramoagi’s mother, Iketleng (73) said when she arrived at the scene her son had already been shot.
“He was bleeding profusely and there was a lot of people as the incident had caused a traffic jam along the Molepolole-Gaborone road.
The police were called and he was rushed to the hospital.
I’m really worried because his kids are still young and despite the many fights he had with his girlfriend, he’s a good man and he takes care of all of us,” she said.
Molepolole Police Station Commander, Andrew Bosilong, confirmed the incident but said Supt. Sekolokwane was only trying to help.
“He may have been off-duty, but as a police officer he took responsibility to stop a man from assaulting his girlfriend and unfortunately he found himself in such a situation.
He has been charged with attempted murder and is due to appear again in court for mention.
Investigations are still ongoing to establish several factors including the legitimacy of the weapon used.
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