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State admits submiiting unverified evidence in Butterfly case

A little over a month since charging DISS agent, Wheleminah Maswabi with aiding terrorism, the state has not yet verified and authenticated documents sumbitted in court as incriminating evidence against her.

Maswabi, codenamed Butterfly appeared in court on Wednesday for the first time without heavy escort after being granted bail. In a surprising turn of events state senior lawyer Priscilla Israel admitted that some of the documents that they had presented in court as evidence were not yet authenticated.

“Investigations are still ongoing. We have just signed mutual legal assistance with some countries. We need for the documents to be authenticated so they can be admissible as evidence in court during trial, “said Israel.

In response defense lawyer, Uyapo Ndadi said,“The state does not seem to know what they are doing. The moment a person is charged the public already deems them guilty. They suffer irreparable damage as the state keeps on shifting goal posts.”

Ndadi continued, “No one held a gun against the state to lay charges, they had their time, and they still have time. All we ask is for them to drop the charges and conclude their investigations. My client is not going anywhere.”

HE further pointed out that his client was being unfairly prosecuted because in one of the counts she is accused of aiding Isaac Kgosi to commit terrorism and yet Kgosi has not even been declared a terrorist let alone be charged with terrorism.

“According to the law the President must make a declaration that so and so is a terrorist, and it should be gazette. Kgosi has not been charged or convicted of any act, I do not know why my client is facing such a crime?” Ndadi asked.

Answering back, Israel said, “Yes Isaac Kgosi has not been declared a terrorist, that is an argument for another day, which we will address.”

The case continues next year February 7th when the state is expected to prove why charges against Butterfly should not be dropped.

The state, through senior prosecutor Israel is still adamant that the fact they did not oppose bail does not mean acknowledgement of any wrong doing on their part nor does it mean and admission that they fabricated evidence as alleged by defense lawyer.

“The only reason why the state lawyers at the time did not oppose bail was because I was not there. We will submit all the paper work that is needed but I am only available next year March,” Israel said.

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Your daughter is not yours




A cheated husband who unknowingly raised his brother- in- law’s child as his own for three years ended the marriage in court this week and demanded a refund.

Gilbert Tom, on Wednesday divorced Mpale Tom nee Roberts after DNA tests results revealed that that their last-born child was not biologically related to Tom. They had been married for 15 years.

Tom, 50, became suspicious that his wife was cheating in 2009 when his brother in-law got into the habit of dropping off Mpale at their house after work.

Mpale, 43, fell pregnant in 2016 and when the baby was born, her husband was shocked that the baby was a spitting image of his older sister’s husband.

He then launched his own investigations in Mpale’s phone where he found messages that confirmed his suspicions
Some text messages revealed that Mpale was so much in love with her brother -in -law that she was even prepared to bewitch her husband’s sister to get her out of the way.

After finding out for certain that he was raising a child who was not his, Tom served Mpale with divorce papers.

She did not contest the divorce and readily confessed in court that Tom was not the father of her three-year-old daughter.

Divorce was granted and Judge Gabanagae ordered that the child be excluded from Tom’s responsibilities.

WIFE: Mpale

However Tom went further and demanded that his brother- in- law and his ex- wife pay him costs of raising a child that was not his, which are to be determined by court at a later date.

According to a relative who refused to be named for fear of victimization Mpale and her brother-in law worked together at a mine in Toteng village in 2013 and the family suspects that was when the disgraced couple started the affair.

She said coincidentally in 2016 the two found another job and moved to Francistown together.

“These people were too deep. We never thought they could do that to their partners and we thought they just related well as family members and little did we know that they were dating. This is painful for both families and it is very unfortunate that an innocent child has now been caught in the middle,” said the concerned relative

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Mokubilo man accused of rape



Letlhakane Police are investigating an incident in which a 28-year-old man allegedly raped a 34-year-old woman in the early hours of Monday morning (25 November).

The lady was on her way to Mokubilo Clinic – walking from the lands – when she reportedly met her armed attacker.

Taking over the narrative, Letlhakane Station Commander, Michael Maphephu told The Voice, “She reported that the suspect threatened to stab her with a sharpened iron rod.

“The suspect was arrested on the same day and will appear before court as soon as the Magistrate returns from sick leave,” said Maphephu, adding he could not release the accused’s name until he appears in court.

The worried police boss revealed this was the 89th rape case registered in his jurisdiction since the start of the year.

Maphephu added that most incidents involved women returning home in the evening after drinking or walking alone in the bush.

“I urge people to always walk in groups when they come from the bars or ask for company from trusted people when using bushy roads,” advised the top cop.

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Letlhakane police swoop on suspected drug dealers



A Bobonong man was arrested last Tuesday after allegedly trying to sell villagers a suspicious substance believed to be cocaine.

Confirming the 24-year-old’s arrest, Letlhakane Station Commander, Michael Maphephu said, “The Mahumahibidu ward man was caught by members of the community when he was trying to sell to them.

“He was arrested around 1530 hours and found in possession of a substance suspected to be cocaine. The substance was contained in a small plastic sachet.”

In another drugs bust in Letlhakane, on Sunday cops swooped on a Francistown couple suspected to be dealing in the mining town.

CONFISCATED: Substances seized in F/town couple’s rented home

“The man aged 30 and his girlfriend 36 both from Francistown, Minestone were arrested at their rented house in Letlhakane. We suspect they were supplying to different people,” revealed Maphephu, adding this was the 38th drug-related arrest in his jurisdiction this year.

He warned those who sell drugs to refrain from such illegal behaviour as they are destroying lives.

“Drugs lead to one losing their mind and they even commit crimes like rape and murder under the influence of drugs,” noted the Station Commander.

The three suspects have since been released. The trio will appear in court as soon as the Magistrate returns from sick leave and the suspected drugs taken to the lab for forensic tests.

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