BDF MAN MURDERS HIS TWO YOUNG CHILDREN
A 22-year-old BDF employee appeared in court on Tuesday the day after he apparently hacked his two young children to death in a brutal knife attack.
Thebe Njavera showed no emotion as he was led handcuffed into the Francistown Magistrate’s court.
The BDF maintenance officer was not asked to enter a plea and ‘had nothing to say’ as he made his brief appearance before being remanded in custody whilst the case was committed to the High Court.
According to Kutlwano Police Station Commander Superintendent Motsholathebe Mothibi the blood soaked bodies of Paseka, 4, and her two-year-old sister Palesa were identified early on Monday evening after Njavera phoned to inform his mother of the attack.
The grisly discovery of the murdered children was made after police accompanied the grandmother to the house in Somerset East where they lived with their mother.
By the time they arrived at the scene the father had already left the place.
He was apparently going to his fiancée’s workplace with the bid to kill her as well.
The Superintendent said preliminary investigations had established that a ‘sharp instrument’ was used in the attack as the bodies were found with multiple stab wounds.
Mothibi could be drawn into commenting on rumours that the incident was triggered after Njavera, who stayed at the BDF barracks in Donga, had argued with the children’s mother over maintenance payments.
According to the neighbour who did not want to be named through fear of victimisation, the father had a history of violence and often beat up his partner.
She described Njavera as a frightening figure who was best avoided.
However she went on to say that on the day she saw him pick up the children nothing seemed to be amiss.
“They were lovely kids and I never imagined he was capable of killing innocent children.
I saw them enter the mother’s house and only discovered that something was amiss after the police arrived with the children’s grandmother.
“We are all deeply shocked by what happened and won’t rest easy until we know that this man is removed from society for good.”
The children’s mother is an employee at the one of the funeral parlours in Francistown.
According to police sources when the distraught woman arrived at the scene she was persuaded not to enter the house, and was then led away by a relative.
Njavera was apprehended two hours later at the Francistown Golf Club following an intensive search.
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