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Police reports 09 March 2021


Ntsoaki Motaung

Man kills wife

A 25-year-old man of Boleka in the Mafeteng district is in police custody charged with the murder of his 23-year-old wife.

Police reports indicate that the couple had been separated for two years pending divorce.

Sub Inspector ‘Mareabetsoe Mofoka of the Police Public Relations Division, said in a report this week, that the incident ensued following a call for a meet-up extended by the suspect to the deceased, under the pretext that they were going to solve their issues.

“It is reported that the deceased, who worked in Maseru, honoured the call and went to Mafeteng where she met the suspect in town. They are said to have then then proceeded to their home in Boleka Meholeng, whereat upon arrival, the suspect stabbed the deceased to death and left her there,” she said.

Mofoka indicated that the police got a tip-off about the suspect’s whereabouts and later arrested him at a road block in Thabana-Morena. The deceased’s motionless body was found lying near the knife suspected to have been used as the murder weapon, with countless stab wounds.

The suspect is still in police custody and will appear in court upon completion of police investigations.

32 Basotho arrested for illegal crossing

21 women and 11 men were convicted by the Magistrate’s Court of Botha-Bothe on March 1,2021 for violating Section 3(6)(1) of Legal Notice No7 of the Public Health (Covid-19) Risk Mitigation Regulation of 2021 and Section 3(1) of the regulations read in line with Section 15(4).

They were found guilty and sentenced to one-month imprisonment or payment of a M5,000 fine. They were given a chance to pay the M1000 upfront and pay the M4000 balance by April 6, 2021.

Police reports indicate that they had been arrested at the Botha Bothe border post where it is believed that they were awaiting the cover of night in order to illegally cross into South Africa.

73-year-old corpse exhumed in Mokhotlong

On March 5, 2021 a corpse of a 73-year-old woman was exhumed and subjected to posthumous examinations to ascertain a suspicion of assault severed on the deceased before she died. This followed the family’s pre-autopsy burial of the deceased whom allegations had revealed had succumbed to assault on January 12, 2021, a feat which the family is said to have concealed especially from the police.

On January 30, police caught wind of the incident and advised the family to be carried-out before the body could be buried, but the family disregarded that and proceeded to bury the body the following day.

Upon exhumation, pathologists’ reports report revealed that indeed the deceased had been assaulted before she died as she had even sustained broken ribs.

“Police therefore urges the public to desist from concealment of criminal activity in their knowledge but ensure that all crime is reported to the police so that justice can be served.

Young man rapes granny, 88

Mocheku Malefetsane aged 24, from Linotšing Leribe appeared before the Magistrate’s Court of Leribe charged with the rape of an 88-year-old woman of the same village. He is awaiting trial in custody and will appear in court again on March, 18 2021.

It is reported that on March 2, 2021, the victim who is also blind and lives with her granddaughter who is also 24 years old, was left alone as the granddaughter was yet to arrive. It was then that Malefetsane broke into the house and started undressing and raping her.

It is further reported that when the granddaughter arrived she had found the suspect in the house whom when he recognized escaped. The victim later told her that she had been raped, to which she had alerted the community members who helped in the arrest of the suspect.

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