Nine accused of torching chief Pilane’s house
Mogwase – A case in which nine people are charged with arson and malicious damage to property relating to an incident in which Chief Ramono Pilane Linchwe’s house was set alight, was moved to a higher court.
Raphefo Makgale, Kedibone Mataboge, Kerileng Molemi, Moses Pete, Refentse Matlhola, Bareng Sekgwatlheng, Edwin Njoro, Ngxacha Qhithi and Keorapetse Letshedi made their second appearance at the Mankwe Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 4 November. Said National Prosecution Authority (NPA) spokesperson Henry Mamothame:
“The matter has been transferred to the Regional Court. They will make their appearance at that court on 24 November.”
Police spokesperson brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said the nine were arrested by a multi-disciplinary team at various locations in Moruleng on Wednesday 27 October shortly after the arson incident.
“During the arrest, Letshedi was found in possession of a laptop, a laptop bag, a cellphone and two SIM cards. He faces an additional charge of possession of suspected stolen property,” Mokgwabone said.
It is alleged that the nine suspects were part of a group of people who arrived at the chief’s residence in Moruleng in minibuses during the early morning hours of Sunday 24 October and forcibly entered the premises.
“The group allegedly smashed the windows of a security vehicle that was parked in front of the house. They also left the scene after allegedly setting fire to the chief’s house, which together with a Toyota Hilux which was parked in the garage, burned to the ground,” Mokgwabone said.
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