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Botswana Police Service
Threat to Kill cases increase
17/06/10
   

The Botswana Police would like to warn the public that threatening someone with death is a serious offence punishable by law. The Penal Code provides that any person who threatens another with death is liable for imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years.

Statistics from the police indicate that the number of cases of Threat to Kill reported since the beginning of the year have increased. A total of 548 cases were reported From January to date compared to 476 the same period last year.

During the week under review the police received a total of nine cases of Threat to Kill reported throughout the country. Police investigations revealed that the victims were threatened through Short Message Service (SMS) using cellular phones while others were done verbally. The police have also observed that in most cases the victims and suspects were lovers whose relationships would have gone sour. 

The public is urged to report threats to kill immediately to the police so that action could be taken against the perpetrators. The police would like to encourage the  public to resort to peaceful dialogue to resolve their differences rather than to threaten others with death.

 CURRENT WEEKLY CASES RECORDED

 PENAL CODE OFFENCES 

Offence

Number of cases

Number of Persons arrested

Weapons used in armed robberies

Cash/Property involved in armed robberies

Motor Vehicles Recovered

Murder

2

1 for 1 case

N/A

N/A

N/A

Theft of Motor Vehicle

4

0

N/A

N/A

3

Armed Robbery

25

9 for 4 cases

2 (firearms)

15 (knives)

8 (others)

Cash over P52 000-00

and P54 000-00 worth of property value

N/A

Rape

27

12

N/A

N/A

N/A

 TRAFFIC OFFENCES 

CASES

TOTAL ACCIDENTS

FATALITIES

ARRESTED FOR EXCESSIVE SPEED

 

318

2

833

 SUMMARY OF CASES/ ACCIDENTS 

CASES / ACCIDENTS

JANUARY 2010 TO DATE

2009 SAME PERIOD

Murder

120

100

Armed Robbery

698

863

Rape

757

746

Number of people who have died in road accidents

149

190

Theft of Motor Vehicle

123

121

 

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