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Kedisaletse TSOBANE





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Parricide - To avoid paying for her maintenance
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: January 20, 2004
Date of birth: 1959
Victim profile: Kgotso Macfallen (his 10 year old daughter)
Method of murder: Strangulation with an electric cable
Location: Francistown City, Francistown, Botswana
Status: Executed by hanging on September 19, 2008

Botswana. Man executed for murder

September 24, 2008

A death row inmate in Botswana, Kedisaletse Tsobane, 49, who was convicted of killing his 10 year old daughter in 2004, was executed. On July 21, the Court of Appeal dismissed his case. Tsobane was sentenced to death by the Francistown High Court after he was convicted of killing his 10 year old daughter in 2004 to avoid paying for her maintenance. He pleaded guilty to a charge of murder.

The Court of Appeal in Lobatse upheld the death sentence imposed by the High Court. In dismissing the appeal, the court found that there were no extenuating circumstances in Tsobane's case.

Tsobane was the last person seen with the deceased who was on her way to school on the morning of January 20, 2004. Police found the deceased kneeling on her knees with a cable around her neck tied to a tree.

In his confession statement, Tsobane stated: "I killed the child in an attempt to avoid liability in order to do away with my indebtedness. I was trying to do away with maintenance arrears. I killed the child by strangling it with a rope."


Tsobane executed

25 September, 2008

GABORONE - A death row inmate, Kedisaletse Tsobane, 49, who was convicted of killing his 10 year-old daughter in 2004, has been executed.

Confirming his execution, Botswana Prisons Services Public Relations Officer, Supt Wamorena Ramolefhe, said he was hanged in the early hours of last Friday and buried at the prison cemetery.

Tsobane's hanging follows the dismissal of his appeal by the Court of Appeal.

Tsobane strangled his daughter, Kgotso Macfallen, a standard six pupil on Jan. 20, 2004 in a bushy area near Gerald Estate in Francistown.

Court of Appeal President, Justice Patrick Tebbutt, confirmed the death verdict.

Tsobane had appealed his death conviction on the grounds that he was heavily intoxicated when he killed the child and that the murder was not premeditated.

The Court of Appeal dismissed the intoxication defence as an exaggeration because Tsobane drove his vehicle through the bushy area to where he killed the child without any mishap. The court also noted that Tsobane dragged the deceased deep into the bush.

The court also noted that Tsobane tried to make it appear as if the deceased hanged herself.

Regarding pre-meditation, the court said Tsobane had evil intentions as he picked the child near her school and drove her deep into the bush.

It also noted that it was obvious that Tsobane wanted to kill the child because he regarded her as the cause of his financial situation and problems of child maintenance.

The Court of Appeal ruled that there were no extenuating circumstances.

Justice Tebbutt said anxiety over one's financial situation could never be a justification for killing an innocent, defenceless, 10-year-old child.

Tsobane is the 42nd condemned person to be executed since independence.


Botswana. Tsobane sentenced to death

November 19, 2007

Justice Modiri Letsididi sentenced a man to death in Gaborone, Botswana, for murdering a child. 45 year old former Francistown City Council driver Kedisaletse Tsobane confessed to killing his 10 year old daughter Kgotso Macfallen by strangling her with an electric cable on January 20, 2004 in Francistown.

In his ruling, Justice Letsididi noted that Tsobane had not been candid before the court. The child's mother had died in 2002, the justice noting Tsobane was under legal obligation to maintain the deceased.

'I am of the view that that he intended to rid himself of the problem by killing the deceased. He drove with the deceased to the bush and strangled her to look as if she had committed suicide.

'On the circumstance, aggravating features far outweighs extenuating circumstances in this case.'

'The court is forced to impose the provisions of section 203 (1) of the penal code. The accused is sentenced to death. He is advised to appeal to the High Court of Appeal within six weeks.'



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