Cop dies after shootout with sol­dier

Lesotho Times - - News - ‘Man­toetse Maama

A con­stA­ble based at Po­lice train­ing col­lege in Maseru passed away in hos­pi­tal on Mon­day last week fol­low­ing a shootout with a mem­ber of the le­sotho De­fence Force out­side a Masianokeng night­club.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice spokesper­son le­bona Mohloboli, the gun­fight was sparked by an ar­gu­ment over park­ing space out­side ea Rona night club in Ha Mot­lo­h­eloa vil­lage.

se­nior In­spec­tor Mohloboli told the Le­sotho Times this week that both the po­lice of­fi­cer and sol­dier were in­jured in the fight and taken to Queen ‘Mamo­hato Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal and Makoanyane Mil­i­tary Hos­pi­tal, re­spec­tively.

“our in­ves­ti­ga­tions have re­vealed that both the po­lice of­fi­cer and LDF mem­ber were at ea Rona night club in Ha Mot­lo­h­eloa vil­lage and driv­ing their pri­vate ve­hi­cles on the night in ques­tion.

“they ap­par­ently had an ar­gu­ment after one of them had blocked the other’s way in the park­ing lot. both the de­ceased and sus­pect were in pos­ses­sion of their ser­vice pis­tols, and after fail­ing to come to an un­der­stand­ing over the park­ing in­ci­dent, they fired at each other and both were in­jured.

“The po­lice of­fi­cer was taken to Queen ‘Mamo­hato Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal while the sol­dier went to Makoanyane Mil­i­tary Hos­pi­tal.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the po­lice of­fi­cer died in hos­pi­tal on the same day he was ad­mit­ted, while the lDF mem­ber is still un­der­go­ing treat­ment at Makoanyane Mil­i­tary Hos­pi­tal. no ar­rest has been made in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent and po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing,” se­nior In­spec­tor Mohloboli said.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, a 22-year-old ini­ti­a­tion school teacher ap­peared be­fore the Mafeteng Mag­is­trate’s court on Mon­day this week charged with the mur­der of a 17-yearold ini­ti­ate.

the sus­pect, thabiso seriba from Ha Ra­marothele, is ac­cused of fa­tally as­sault­ing the ini­ti­ate on 1 De­cem­ber fol­low­ing an ar­gu­ment over an as­sign­ment the teenager had ini­tially re­fused to un­der­take as he was not feel­ing well.

“Ac­cord­ing to po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions, the sus­pect in­structed the now-de­ceased to go for an as­sign­ment but he ini­tially re­fused, say- ing he was not feel­ing too well. How­ever, the teacher in­sisted that he should go, and on the way, the vic­tim found it dif­fi­cult to walk and his col­leagues even tried to as­sist him but he told them to leave him be­hind as he was re­ally in bad shape.

“the teacher later dragged the ini­ti­ate to the school premises, where the boy un­for­tu­nately died, lead­ing to the teacher’s ar­rest,” se­nior In­spec­tor Mohloboli said.

the sus­pect, he added, was re­manded in cus­tody and would ap­pear in the Mafeteng Mag­is­trate’s court again on 15 De­cem­ber 2014.

LDF and LMPS mem­bers march dur­ing the peace march from Mabote Po­lice Sta­tion to Ratjo­mose Bar­racks yes­ter­day.

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