A 33-year-old man of Makhoaba in the Mokhotlong district is in custody after being arrested for murdering his wife. Reports indicate that on the said day, around 2200hrs, the deceased asked her husband about the purpose of visit of a woman who had visited the suspect, to which he became infuriated and started assaulting her. He is said to have used a whip, fighting stick (molamu) and a metal bar to assault her, causing her head injuries until she died. He is awaiting trial in custody and will appear before court as soon as an autopsy report has been released.
Meanwhile, in Maseru two men and two women who work at the Ministry of Gender, Sports and Recreation are in custody after they were arrested by the police last week on different days. They are all suspected of stealing government property belonging to the same ministry.
Police Spokesperson Senior Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli, said reports indicate that the suspects aged 46, 47, 49 and 56 years respectively, stole property that was from Ha-Rapokolane High Altitude Training Center and was supposed to be delivered to the Ministry. The stolen items include a couch, a refrigerator, washing machine and window curtains. and they are currently awaiting their trial.
Furthermore, on the weekly reports of stock theft the Lesotho Mounted Police Service received 24 reports of stolen livestock and three people were arrested, two of which have already appeared before court.
11 livestock that was stolen from South Africa and found in Lesotho have been recovered. On the other hand, 36 cows, 12 horses, 34 sheep and four goats were reported stolen last week, while through the policeâ€™s nationwide operations, 300 cows, six horses, six donkeys, 154 sheep and 40 goats have been identified and duly returned to their owners. However, the police have recovered 290 cows, six donkeys, 129 sheep and 52 goats that have not yet been claimed.
In other news, still in the Maseru district, on April 17 2021 two people were found dead along the Mpilo hill. According to Mopeli, the deceased were noticed by a passer-by after which police were notified. They were identified as a 40-year-old man from Khubetsoana, Berea and a 26-year-old woman from Khukhune, Butha-Bothe. They were found with stab-wounds seen to have been caused by a sharp object, while the woman is suspected to have been raped. It is further suspected that the couple was hijacked and the perpetrators left with their car which was later found abandoned without its keys at Ha-TÅ¡osane in Maseru.
Meanwhile, Khauta Khaloli, 57, of Sehlabathebe in Qachaâ€™s Nek is in custody after being arrested on April 15 charged with sexually assaulting an eight-year-old minor from the same village. Reports indicate that on April 8,2021, the victim was playing with other kids when the suspect called her to his house and raped her then gave her money. They were noticed by a 11-year-old girl who ran to report at the victimâ€™s house.
Meanwhile, the police have urged the public to teach their children to report and talk about anything involving any kind of assault severed on them, saying that way they help the police and will lower the crime rate. The public has further been urged to cooperate with the legal system by timeously paying spot-fines to avoid being prosecuted.