A 43-year-old former Lesotho Defense Force (LDF) member, Tšoloane Moses allegedly gunned-down his 38-year-old girlfriend over cheating allegations. This is according to Police Spokesperson Senior Superintended Mpiti Mopeli on the weekly press briefing.
Mopeli told the press that the ex-army officer who lives at Qoaling Matšoareng in Maseru district murdered his 38-year old sweetheart who is also a member of the Lesotho Mounted Police Services (LMPS) at her house in Ha-Abia last Saturday.
“The suspect handed himself to the police on September 27, 2021 along with a 9milimeter gun and 12 bullets,” Mopeli said.
“The suspect appeared before the Magistrate court on September 28, 2021 for murder charges. He is currently awaiting trial in police custody and will appear again before the Magistrate on October 5, 2021,” he said.
Police reports indicate that the suspect went to the victim’s house as they had relationship affair on the fateful day at around 1800hours. The victim wanted to cut relationship bonds which the suspect refused to accept, further accusing the victim of cheating on him as she once fabricated fib stories that she was going to Mokhotlong while going to South Africa. It is also said that they had some a heated argument which prompted the suspect to shoot at the victim.
43 arrested for illegal armory
Meanwhile, the police also found 56 bags of wool and mohair along with 14 small guns, two big guns and 5 guns were handed over to the police with 91 magazines. As a result, the police arrested 43 suspects in relation to theft and being in possession of illegal armory where six of the perpetrators have already appeared in court.
On the same note, seven suspects were arrested in relation to stock theft where 35 cows, 5 horses, 1 donkey, 229 sheep and 6 goats were stolen. The police retrieved 38 cows, 3 horses and 10 sheep among those retrieved were 7 cows stolen from South Africa. He also stated that 58 sheep and 1 cow were stolen at the Tšakholo camp and 17 cows along with 10 sheep have not been claimed at the police.
He continued that the police was able to retrieve 36 cows, 44 sheep and 10 horses on their Police Operation Restore Hope which commenced on September 7 to September 22, 2021. He said they also found four stolen cars, 16 knives and one handmade gun. Mopeli urges the public to keep helping the police in order to curb the spread of crimes.
“LMPS urges the public to remember that there is a toll free number for emergencies, ‘112’ which is an initiative brought by Vodacom Lesotho called ‘Nthuseng’. This number can be used at any time anywhere in the country regardless of the network service provider,” he said.