Wife opposes bail for hubby accused of killing children

Wife opposes bail for hubby accused of killing children

The wife of the Limpopo man accused of killing four children has opposed his bail application, the Magatle Periodic Court heard on Thursday.

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Lorraine Kekana, mother of the four boys who were killed allegedly by their father at Zebediela near Lebowakgomo, wants her husband to remain in jail.

In an affidavit read to court by State prosecutor Reneilwe Mashamaite, Lorraine Kekana said she was still depressed and did not want her husband to be released on bail.

Lesiba Kekana is accused of killing his children by slitting their throats at the couple’s house in September.

“The way my children were killed was brutal, and I plead that he should not be released on bail. I am suffering from depression since the killing,” she said.

The investigating officer earlier told court that Kekana had forced one of his sons to explain to his mother how his brothers had been left dying, bleeding and groaning from knife attacks.

After the brutal slaying of the children, Kekana tired to take his own life, but was prevented from doing so by locals who had responded after his wife alerted them of the attacks.

He was admitted to hospital under police guard.

On Thursday, court dismissed state application to acquire an authenticated medical report on Kekana.

Magistrate George Mokou said a medical report set to be admissible evidence should have an author and be properly prepared before it can be handed to the court.

The prosecutor had asked the court to accept a medical report of the accused as an exhibit.

But Kekana’s legal representative Moraka Rameetse told court that the report should not be accepted as an exhibit because it does not indicate who the author was.

Addressing court, Rameetse told court there is compelling circumstances for his client Kekana to be released on bail.

“The applicant proved that the circumstances warrant him to be released on bail,” said Rameetse.

“There is no evidence that if the accused is released on bail he will commit crime or harm anyone.”

Rameetse told court that state case was weak and depended on a “confession” made by Kekana.

“So far the state is grappling with evidence as there was no eye-witness the state wants to rely on the statement made by the applicant, and the statement does not mean that the fight is over, it is still going to be challenged,” said Rameetse.

Kekana, who is facing four charges of murder, has pleaded not guilty.

Mokou postponed the bail hearing to November 17.

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