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Ntsie to be sentenced in absentia

& Co, the law firm representing Ntsie, has since been notified of the
crown’s intention.
reason for this application is that the honourable court is entitled to deliver
judgment even in the absence of the accused, up to the stage of delivery of
verdict,” said crown counsel Advocate Abraam Lenono in a July 20 letter to the
High Court and Phoofolo & Co.
Friday Advocate Monaheng Rasekoai who is now handling Ntsie’s case said he will
not object to the application to have the judgment read.
have no objection to the court to continue reading judgment in his absence
because we do not know where he is. I feel that we do not suffer any prejudice
when the judgment is read in his absence,” Rasekoai said.
Ntsie disappeared from the court during lunch break on March 26 his wife
claimed that he had been rushed to hospital in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Mahase’s immediate reaction was to issue a warrant of arrest for him and order
his wife to come to court on March 30 to explain her husband’s whereabouts.
few days later Haae Phoofolo, his lawyer at that time, informed the court he
had received a doctors’ letter indicating that Ntsie was indeed ill and needed
two weeks to recover.
when Ntsie’s wife failed to come to court as ordered, Justice Mahase issued a
warrant of arrest for her too.
case was then postponed to April 25 but  
when it resumed Ntsie was nowhere to be seen.

that time Phoofolo said it was his responsibility and that of the police to
make sure that Ntsie is arrested.
police spokesperson Masupha Masupha said the police had done their part.
the warrant of arrest was issued, we had to go and confirm if indeed Ntsie was
sick as per his doctor’s letter. We did that and reported to the court that
indeed he was sick,” Masupha said then.

that way our part was done and we can only arrest him if another warrant is
issued because the first one fell off after the explanation that we had given
to the court.

is now his legal representative’s duty to find him unless we get another
warrant,” he said.
Ntsie had been convicted he would have been immediately sent to prison because
murder convicts don’t get bail pending appeal.
would have then waited for the Court of Appeal session in August to hear his
the trial, Ntsie who claims to be an “international journalist”, had argued
that he shot Mahao and Masupha in self-defence.
is a controversial figure who has had a brush with the law in the past.
April 2010 he faced trial for alleged reckless and negligent driving.
court heard that Ntsie hit a car belonging to National Security Services agent,
Sekake Mohale, and fled the accident scene before the police arrived.
has also claimed that he knows who killed former Prime Minister Pakalitha
Mosisili’s son, Maile, in 2002.
murder has never been solved.
is one of the Southern African Development Community countries which still
applies capital punishment on murder cases.
judges have been reluctant to send murder convicts to the gallows. 
Capital punishment was
last applied in 1994.

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