A 27-year-old man, Teboho (Gadaffi) Hlaname, from Hleoheng, Leribe district last week appeared before the Leribe Magistrate Court accused of murdering two men in one day.
According to police spokesperson, senior superintendent Mpiti Mopeli, their investigations revealed that the accused was seen at a tavern on the night of July 12 last year, where he found the now deceased 36-year-old man drinking with his friends.
He called the 36-year-old aside for a chat and then shot him dead before fleeing the scene in a 4+1 vehicle that was parked nearby.
SSP Mopeli further indicated that on the same night, the accused was seen at another drinking spot, where he met the now-deceased 35-year-old man, who was recounting the earlier shooting incident to his drinking buddies.
The accused again called the man aside, but he immediately shot him dead and fled.
Hlaname is currently in custody and will appear again before the Magistrate Court on June 13 this year.
In another incident, two men, 19-year-old Teboho May from Tšifa-Li-Mali and 20-year-old Lebohang Tšolo from Sebothoane, last week appeared before the Leribe Magistrate Court accused of armed robbery.
SSP Mopeli said their investigations revealed that on May 30, the men broke into a liquor store while a security guard was sleeping.
They pointed a gun at him and tied his hands with a wire. They then took M1300, a cash box, cigarettes, beer, and some food.
The two accused will go back to court on June 14 this year.
In Thaba Tseka district, a 32-year-old man accused of raping an eight-year-old girl appeared before the Magistrate Court on June 2.
Police reports show that on May 20, the accused arrived at the victim’s home and found her with her 13-year-old brother.
The victim was sent on an errand by her brother, but the accused followed her and pushed her round behind the house, where he gagged her and then raped her.
The accused is currently in jail waiting to be charged. He appeared before the court again on Wednesday this week.
In Maseru, a 63-year-old man Letsie Motebang from Mazenod was arrested and appeared before the Magistrate Court on June 5, accused of duplicating chiefs’ stamps.
Police investigations revealed that the accused duplicated two chiefs’ stamps, and used the fake stamps to assist people who needed a chief’s letter for purposes of applying for a loan.
He was released on M400 bail and will appear again in court on June 26 this year.