Suspected murderer battles for freedom

A man who allegedly murdered his entire family after he was pardoned by President Ian Khama four months ago will know his fate for bail application next month.

22 year old Aobakwe Lehupu, of Ratshere lands near Molepolole was pardoned by president Khama in May 2014 for stabbing a female relative which landed him in prison.

After he was released from prison, he allegedly strangled his aunt to death before allegedly murdering more relatives; Gomolemo Lehupu, Letlhokwa Ramonnangaka, Odirile Phepheng and Mmantsho Lehupu in an inferno. He is also alleged to have threatened to kill Obikani Lehupu and Matsapa Phepheng.

At his bail application before Gaborone High Court judge Bengbame Sechele, the prosecutor Kutlo Tshekane rejected Lehupu’s bail application on grounds that he is a flight risk.

He argued, “Should he be granted bail, there is fear that he will not stop at anything to continue with his evil acts, as he has threatened to kill two more relatives.

Furthermore it would be cumbersome to locate him as he was rejected by his family because he perpetrated all the gruesome acts against them.”

Tshekane further argued that releasing Lehupu on bail would not be in the interest of the society and justice.

“More so that should he be found guilty of the very serious offences he is facing, he may be sentenced to death,” he said.

One of the fears the prosecution expressed is that anyone in so much trouble would run away to escape the hangman’s noose. He told court, “He is also unemployed and has a family that does not want him as it stands.

This would make him very difficult to trace. There is also a high probability that Lehupu may intimidate witnesses. The neighbours too are still scared of him because if he killed his relatives, what more of them.”

Lehupu, who is battling for freedom, denied being a threat to his family. He pleaded with court, “If given the bail I will stay at Mosinki which is far from my family, along Letlhakeng.”

The case continues.


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