Re­cap­tured in­mate found dead in cell

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Man­toetse Maama

ONE of the 15 re­mand in­mates who es­caped from the Berea Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion last Tues­day, but later re­cap­tured, was found dead in his cell last Thurs­day.

It was al­leged that the de­ceased was among in­mates who man­aged to bolt due to the on­go­ing Le­sotho Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice (LCS) go-slow, which started on 12 De­cem­ber 2014. The dis­grun­tled warders are de­mand­ing that gov­ern­ment re­view their salaries and rank struc­tures.

LCS Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Matin­goe Phamotse con­firmed the in­mate is dead, adding that the po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of death.

“A 21-year-old re­mand in­mate was found dead in a cell on Thurs­day night at around 9:00 pm,” Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Phamotse said.

“The cor­rec­tional of­fi­cer on duty at Berea Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion at the time re­ported that Mahlo­mola Mo­tomase died in his cell. It was not clear what caused his death and we can­not spec­u­late.

“How­ever, po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing his death. He was fac­ing sex­ual of­fence charges and was among the 15 in­mates who es­caped on Tues­day night and one of the 10 that were later re­cap­tured.”

The LCS has stren­u­ously de­nied the es­cape was as a re­sult of the goslow, with LCS Act­ing Deputy Com­mis­sioner, Mosheoane Tšolo say­ing the in­mates bolted while the guards were still on duty.

“While the es­cape is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, we can­not say it’s due to the go-slow,” he said. “When the courts de­cide to re­mand a sus­pect in cus­tody they would have de­duced that they are danger­ous, and flee­ing from law­ful cus­tody proves that they are even more danger­ous.

“Apart from the charges they were fac­ing, they will also be charged for es­cap­ing from law­ful cus­tody as it is il­le­gal.”

On his part, po­lice spokesper­son Se­nior In­spec­tor Le­bona Mohloboli con­firmed that they re­ceived a re­port stat­ing that an in­mate had died at Berea Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion.

“We are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of death of the 21-yearold in­mate who died in his cell at Berea Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion on Thurs­day night,” Se­nior In­spec­tor Mohloboli said.

Mean­while, Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Phamotse also re­vealed that one of the five in­mates who were on the run was re­cap­tured on Sun­day.

“The eleventh in­mate was re­cap­tured on Sun­day and there are four in­mates who are still at large,” he said.

The in­mates on the run are fac­ing house break­ing, sex­ual of­fences and mur­der charges and at­tempted mur­der.

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