HIRED KILLER IN COURT ON MURDER CHARGE
There are some that say you can hire a killer for the price of a carton of Chibuku.
The services of Thabe Alosere from Tutume came slighly more expensive at P250.
According to sources that is what the 19-year-old hitman, who was arrested last week for the cold blooded murder of a fellow herdboy, is reported to have charged his client.
Alosere is said to have gunned down Naga Mogobe at Mapointela cattle in the Central District, claiming in a statement that he was hired by a certain Thody Mujiwa who is also a herdsman in the same area.
It is believed that Mujiwa wanted Mogobe murdered because of a quarrel between the two.
Mogobe’s dead body was found lying in pool of blood dumped inside a cattle feeding trough. Acting on a tip off from members of the public police later arrested Alosere as the prime supect.
The young man who stays with his aged granny allegedly confessed to the shooting and told police that Mujiwa gave him a loaded shotgun to accomplish the task.
Acting on the youth’s claim, 54-year-old Mujiwa was also detained in connection with the killing.Although he denied hiring him the older man apparentlyfailed to explain how the shotgun, which was left in his possession,ended up in Alosere’s hands
When the two men briefly appeared before a Masunga Magistrate on Monday this week, they were both charged with collaborating in the killing of Mogobe, but were asked not to take a plea pending police investigation which are said to be at an initial stage.
State prosecutor Inspector Galetloge Batlwaetse requested that the two be remanded behind bars explainingthat police were still following up a possible witness to the 14 October murder.
“Even the post mortem was only done on Friday and we are still waiting for the results,” Batlwaetse said adding that police also wanted to establish the correct age of Alosere who does not have a birth certificate.
The officer said the only information regarding the young suspect’s age was from the grandmother who is oldand illetrate.
Seemingly unpreturbed the young hit man merely asked the court to grant him bail since he was taking care of his granny in the village.
“If I go to prison my grandmother is going to suffer because I am the one who is caring forher.
If released on bail I can always report myself to the police until they are done with their investigations,” he said.
Mujiwa also asked the court to release him on bail saying: “I left my employer’s cattle locked in the kraal, so I want to go and release the poor animals because otherwise they are likely to starve to death.”
Masunga Magistrate Goratile Florah Moremi however ordered the duo to be thrown behind bars until the 1 November when they will again appear in court for mention.