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Two ‘murderers’ and a ‘rapist’

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A 26-year-old Mosotho man from Popopo in Leribe is in police custody accused of the murder of another man from the same village aged 53 years.

Police Spokesperson Senior Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli, said reports indicate that the deceased and the suspect were among a group of revelers drinking at the deceased’s place-a drinking spot on the night of April 2, 2021 when the suspect threatened the clerk who is also the deceased’s wife. He is said to have gone further and demanded sex from her, which was when the husband stood up to the suspect and tried to quell the altercation by coming in between them. Mopeli said it was at that point that the suspect assaulted the owner until he was dead.

Meanwhile, in another incident in the same district, a teenage boy of 16 years of age, from ‘Mate Liphaleng is facing criminal charges for the murder of another from the same village aged 15years.

Police reports indicate that the two who were friends, met on the way and started playing around with knives as was their habit. However, it was in the midst of the playing around that the suspect stabbed the deceased in the chest to which he collapsed to the ground. “When he realized what had happened, he is said to have run home to his father to seek help, but when they came back they found the friend dead” Mopeli said.

In other news, Mohlouoa Kholoane, 36, of Sekiring appeared before the Thaba-Tseka Magistrate’s Court accused of raping a 20-year-old woman from Kolobere.

Police reports indicate that on April 2, the accused having been out merry-making at a local pub, met the victim in the village, assaulted her and dragged her to a nearby football ground and raped her before walking her to her place. He was later arrested, charged and released on a M400 bail. He will next appear in court on April 21.

Halekhetheloe Motsisi, 27, from ‘Mats’oana who is also an employee of Security Lesotho was found guilty of and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment or pay a fine of M2000-which he paid-by the Magistrate court of Botha Bothe for illegally owning 824grams of dagga without license.

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