Isaac Selomo 48, was found to be a flight risk suspect who would probably attempt to elude prosecution should he be granted bail, the court has decided.
After murdering his wife and mother of his four children Selomo was arrested several days later in March following a police manhunt.
Passing judgement to have the accused await trial in jail, High Court Judge, Mphaphi Phumaphi said :
“Prosecution contends there is a strong case against the suspect and a conviction will soon be eventuated.”
“Prosecution have also indicated in their submissions that there is a great incentive that the applicant will not appear for trial as he once attempted to commit suicide.
A medical report indicates the applicant has injuries he did not have at the time he executed the murder.”
The state further expressed fear that should the accused murderer be granted bail he may intimidate witnesses, some of whom are his children.
“ It is not apparent as to what made the applicant to squeeze out the life of the deceased, despite the pleas of the plaintiff’s children. The applicant is not a good candidate for bail.
Therefore bail is denied.” The Judge said in conclusion.
Details of the case are that Selomo broke into his estranged wife’s house in Molalatau in the evening to attack her.
He allegedly jumped on top of her and began to strangle her but later during the scuffle he is said to have produced a knife which he used to cut her throat.
The couple were on separation after the deceased had approached the courts for a divorce due to Selomo’s abusive behavior.