A 27-year-old man from Natale village who is being accused of killing his girlfriend has blamed the deceased’s relatives for bewitching him.
Musa Willie told a fully packed court when he appeared before Francistown principal magistrate, Kgololesego Segabo that it was not his intention to kill the deceased. “They (the deceased’s family) bewitched me.
The family made me crazy so that I can kill my girlfriend,” Willie told a stunned court. He claimed that the family is embroiled in a bitter feud and they long wanted the deceased to be eliminated.
Willie was responding to an application by the prosecution not to grant him bail.
Prosecuting the matter, Gasemotho Pitlagano of the DPP said ongoing police investigations are yet to establish whether the murder suspect is a citizen or not.
It is said the accused person failed to produce documents such as a passport or identity card (Omang) to prove that he is a citizen of Botswana.
The prosecution also expressed fear that if the accused person is released on bail angry members of the society could mete instant justice and kill him.
Although Willie told the court that he has an alternative place to stay besides Natale, Segabo granted the application by the prosecution to remand him in custody.
Willie is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Olebile Ngele on March 4 2013 before disappearing into thin air. He was later apprehended by members of the public almost twelve hours later.
Meanwhile during Olebile’s burial, there were mixed reactions surrounding the murder as people wondered why Willie, known to be peaceful and ever smiling resorted to killing his girl friend.
However rumour has it that the couple’s relationship which was less than a year, had unceremoniously turned sour shortly after the deceased started seeing another man.
Representing the village chief, Daily Matopota however put all the blame on excessive alcohol abuse calling upon church leaders to intervene through preaching the word of God. “We are tired of the things which people do when under the influence of alcohol.
May be the government must consider writing the Ten Commandments on Chibuku cartoons especially the one which says; thou shall not kill,” said Matopota.