A man who was charged with threat to kill walked freely out of Molepolole Magistrate Court after his wife withdrew the charge.
Nkageng Nthomphe, 36, was lucky to escape jail after he was arraigned last week and the case withdrawn on the same day.
The court heard that on June 21st, 2019 the accused threatened his wife, Bame Nthomphe (27) at Mmanoko by uttering the words, “Seaparo se sa gago sa kereke ga ke se batle mo game, fa o sa se ntshe ke tla go bolaya” (I do not want your church attire in my home, if you do not it out I will kill you.)
It is alleged that the irate husband did not approve of wife being a member of Eloyi Church and he only wanted them to use traditional doctors for their spiritual needs.
Before Nthomphe was set free, the Prosecutor, Sergeant Bourman Batshidi pleaded with the court to remand the accused before he could forward the matter to Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) and also to take into consideration that the two lived together as husband and wife.
However the prosecutor’s plea fell on deaf ears as Senior Magistrate, Nthabiseng Merafe-Tladi lashed out and asked rhetorically, “How many accused persons have you sent to prison only for their matters to be withdrawn later?
Nkageng who was quick to respond said his wife had met the police of Monday to withdraw the case while the prosecutor explained that he did not know about that new development since his bosses told him that the matter should be taken to court.
Fed up, Magistrate Merafe-Tladi denied prosecution their plea to remand the accused and instead set him free.
Taking a stand, Bame remorsefully told the court that her husband was their breadwinner and it was his first time to commit such an offense.
“He used to conspire with his sister who encouraged him to beat me up but he has since turned against that same sister,” she said.
Before the magistrate gave him a warning that should he commit a similar offense she will send him straight to jail, the accused vowed before court that should he have any misunderstanding with the wife, he would engage the parents to reconcile them.