A Selebi-Phikwe habitual thief had a rude awakening at El Passo night club over the weekend when his finger was bitten off during an aborted stealing mission.
Oteng Orapeleng, 23 and his 20-year-old accomplice, Thapelo Lealebetse were on a stealing spree when they met their match, Boemo Kgoboko who stopped them in their tracks by biting off Oteng’s finger in self defense.
Police charge sheet has indicated that Oteng “unlawfully assaulted Boemo by strangling her and stealing a black/grey Nokia cell phone.
Realizing that she was about to lose everything that she had, Boemo took the fight to Oteng by clenching her teeth around Oteng’s finger until she cut it off. She then called the police and informed them that the man who attacked her does not have a finger because she had bitten it off.
Oteng, after losing his finger ran to the hospital where he was arrested and remanded in custody.The prosecutor,Assistant Superintendent Lapologang Moatshe requested the court to remand the two in custody as investigations were still continuing.
On the night of the incident, May 25, near Elpasso night club, acting jointly Orapeleng and Leabeletse had earlier on stolen a Samsung cell phone from Boikanyo Kebokile whom they also stabbed with a knife on the right thigh, the police have said.
According to the charge sheet Oteng then proceeded to attack another unsuspecting patron,Kgoboko, stealing a black hand bag, earrings and spectacles valued at P800-00.
Efforts to get comment from Kgoboko proved futile as her phone rang unanswered.
In another case a convicted thief, Baitshepi Modise was sentenced to eight months for stealing a cell phone belonging to Kefilwe Manake. Baitshepi is said to have unlawfully assaulted Kefilwe before taking the phone and P100 cash.
Selebi-Phikwe Police station commander,Victor Nlebesi said that they were concerned about some emerging gangs who terrorize people at night clubs,
“They have formed groups and assault people and steal their properties.”
Nlebesi urged people to be vigilant at night,especially when carrying valuables like phones and bags.