Court upholds a P200 fine in a threat to kill a 75-year old
A 75-year-old man says he is living in fear after a man who threatened to chop him into pieces was fined P200 and set free.
George Sebina of Dinti ward in Kumakwane was threatened with an axe by the 56-year-old Boganne Kebaitsang at Kolobeng settlement on January 10, 2010 after a misunderstanding over a piece of land.
He said trouble started when he accompanied one Kegalale Gabanakgosi to her field in Kumakwane. When they arrived they discovered that Kebaitsang had erected a kraal fence inside her piece of land.
“I then told him that when the Land Board officers come they would order the removal of the kraal fence. This agitated him (Kebaitsang) and he then threatened to chop me with an axe,” Sebina lamented.
The case was presided over by Kgosi Opelo Kgabo of Kumakwane who ruled that Kebaitsang pay a fine of P200.00 or a two months jail term.
Disappointed by the sentence, Sebina made an appeal at the Thamaga Customary Court where Kgosi Gobuamang Gobuamang upheld the ruling.
When giving his judgement Gobuamang is said to have considered the defendant’s age and that he was a first offender.
“I am living in fear after being threatened and the man responsible being let off just like that. What if he does what he said he will do,” Sebina cried out.
Sebina also revealed that he was planning on taking his case further as it was difficult for him to live freely knowing that someone who threatened to chop him into pieces was a free man.