RING-LEADER: Philip John

A prison warder stationed at the Baines Drift State Prison, linked to numerous incidents of housebreaking, office breaking, burglary and theft appeared in the Francistown magistrate’s court last Friday.

Philip John, 42 pleaded not guilty to 12 counts ranging from housebreaking, office breaking, burglary and theft when he briefly appeared before Francistown magistrate Sijabuliso Siziba.

John is jointly charged with Jackson ‘Boitirelo’ Seabo (26) and Mogomotsi ‘Bigman’ Thokatokwe (33) both of Somerset East, Francistown.

Although Seabo and Thokatokwe admitted to some of the charges being leveled against them, there are some incidents that the trio is denying. Despite having been caught red handed with some of the stolen goods, the trio is denying the charges.

According to court papers, the trio allegedly embarked on a robbery spree where they targetted residential houses and government premises.

The latest incident being that of March 22, 2014 at Mahube Primary School – situated at Somerset Extension location – where the trio reputedly broke in and stole a grey HP laptop worth P5 500 and some biscuits.

At Block 10 the trio allegedly broke into the house of a police officer, Azhani Mokokomane and stole a shotgun belonging to the Botswana Police Service (BPS).

Sergeant Ronny Mmuso of Kutlwano Police Station, prosecuting, did not object to the three accused being granted bail.

Siziba released the trio on conditional bail. He ordered that John report at the Baines Drift Police Station every Friday during working hours. John was also ordered to attend court sessions as required.

For Seabo and Thokatokwe, the duo has been ordered to report at Kutlwano Police Station every Friday during working hours and also to attend court sessions as and when they are needed.

Moabi Madandume represents John while Seabo and Thokatokwe do not have legal representation.

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