No joy for rit­ual mur­der sus­pect

. . . as High Court re­fuses to re­lease ‘Malehlo­honolo SCOTT’S PASS­PORT, SAY­ING SHE IS A FLIGHT RISK

Lesotho Times - - News - Tefo Tefo

THE High Court has re­fused to re­lease the pass­port of dou­ble rit­ual mur­der sus­pect, ‘Malehlo­honolo Scott, be­cause she is a “flight risk”.

Jus­tice Teboho Moiloa, who made the rul­ing on Mon­day this week, said the pass­port was seized to en­sure Ms Scott stays in the coun­try and is avail­able when­ever she is needed to ap­pear in court.

The 58-year-old widow is charged along­side her son, Lehlo­honolo (28), for al­legedly killing and mu­ti­lat­ing their Koal­a­bata neigh­bours — Mo­holo­bela Seetsa (13) and Kamo­h­elo Mo­hata (22) — on 12 Jan­uary and 12 June 2012, re­spec­tively, for rit­ual pur­poses.

The pair was ar­rested on 12 July 2012, but Lehlo­honolo es­caped from Maseru Cen­tral Pri­son three months later — only to be ar­rested at a church in Dur­ban, South Africa, on 6 April 2014.

He is be­ing de­tained at the Dur­ban North Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice, while fight­ing ex­tra­di­tion to Le­sotho in the Dur­ban North Magis- trate’s Court.

Mean­while, fol­low­ing her son’s dra­matic es­cape, Jus­tice Moiloa re­leased Ms Scott on M500 bail in Au­gust 2013. The re­lease came af­ter the ac­cused’s lawyer, Ad­vo­cate Thulo Hoeane, ar­gued his client’s con­tin­ued detention with­out pros­e­cu­tion was a vi­o­la­tion of her right to free­dom of move­ment.

But two of Ms Scott’s bail con­di­tions were she should sur­ren­der her pass­port to en­sure she does not ab­scond from Le­sotho, and also re­port to the po­lice once ev­ery week.

How­ever, the lat­ter con­di­tion was re­laxed in Novem­ber last year and she now had to re­port twice a month to the po­lice.

And in an ef­fort to have his client granted fur­ther re­lief, Ad­vo­cate Hoeane on Mon­day ap­plied for the re­lease of Ms Scott’s pass­port so she could at­tend church ser­vices in South Africa — a re­quest turned down by Jus­tice Moiloa.

Ac­cord­ing to the judge, 31 Au­gust 2015 had been set as the date on which ‘Malehlo­honolo, and pos­si­bly her son Lehlo­honolo, would be back in court, and could there­fore, not take risks by re­turn­ing her pass­port.

“The court date was set to en­able the com­ple­tion of the on­go­ing ex­tra­di­tion pro­ceed­ings for Lehlo­honolo in the Dur­ban North Mag­is­trate’s Court.

“How­ever, if he is ex­tra­dited be­fore that date, coun­sel should see me to set a date for trial,” Jus­tice Moiloa said.

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