What started as a relaxing day drinking at home for two female friends allegedly took a heated turn when the booze kicked in and allegations of adultery were thrown about – as was a pot of boiling water!
40-year-old Tebogo Seeletso has been charged with grievously harming her pal, Obonyemang Molete, in connection with the incident, which occurred at Gaotswe cattlepost, a settlement in Matsitama village, on 4th April.
It is believed that on the day, a drunken Seeletso accused an equally sloshed Molete of sleeping with her husband behind her back.
The dispute reportedly became physical and quickly descended into a wrestling match, with Molete, who is the heavier of the two women, apparently overpowering her accuser.
In retaliation, a desperate Seeletso is said to have lashed out, grabbing at a pan of water bubbling on the fire in preparation for her children to bath. Much of the red-hot liquid splashed on Molete, causing terrible burns.
Due to their remote location, the ladies had to call the police to help transport Molete to hospital.
When the cops arrived and found the burnt woman screaming in agony, they duly arrested Seeletso as well.
Swiftly released on bail, the accused was told to attend court when required, something she failed to do.
That was the last court would see of her for six months!
Finally tracked down by the police and hauled before Francistown Magistrates’ Court this Tuesday, the suspect explained she missed her previous court dates because she was stranded at home in the bush with no way of getting to town.
“Your honour, I didn’t have transport money to come to court. I even asked the police to help me with transport when they called me to tell me of my court dates, but it seems like they didn’t hear my cry,” she maintained.
Showing an unexpected flash of humour, the magistrate told Seeletso she should have asked to be remanded in custody instead, where a whole fleet of government vehicles are available to bring her to court.
Despite her previous ‘no-shows’, the state did not object to Seeletso once again being set free, noting their investigations were just about complete.
Duly granted bail again, Seeletso was ordered to be back before court on 15th November with no excuses!