Court hears of vi­cious attack

Lesotho Times - - News - Tefo Tefo

THE High Court on Tues­day heard how a Berea man was stabbed to death five years ago as he watched foot­ball on tele­vi­sion at a cer­tain home in Malie­leng vil­lage.

Lethi­bela Let­sipa (23) was al­legedly as­saulted and then fa­tally stabbed by Maphale Phan­tši (23) on 11 July 2010.

In his tes­ti­mony be­fore Jus­tice Tham­sanqa Nom­ng­congo, Lenka Rapholo (24) told the court he was among a group of peo­ple watch­ing the match when Let­sipa was al­legedly killed by Phan­tši.

Rapholo said he was sit­ting with Let­sipa in the kitchen when Phan­tši al­legedly launched the un­pro­voked and fa­tal attack.

“I didn’t see Maphale com­ing into the house. I only re­al­ized his pres­ence when he hit me with a stick and I ran out­side, fear­ing for my life. As I bolted out of the house, he started hit­ting Lethi­bela with the stick, and I re­al­ized that the other peo­ple who had been in the lounge watch­ing the soc­cer match on tele­vi­sion were also flee­ing the scene.

“I could hear the now-de­ceased scream­ing that he was be­ing stabbed, and soon af­ter, the ac­cused ran out of the house and dis­ap­peared from the crime scene,” he said.

Rapholo fur­ther told the court that Let­sipa “slowly came out of the house and looked help­less”. “I didn’t have the strength to look at him. I was sud­denly afraid and sim­ply went home, only to hear later that he had passed away.”

An­other wit­ness, Let­satsi Ran­tho (23), also told the court he was among the peo­ple in the house on the tragic day in ques­tion.

“Af­ter Maphale ran away, I was among the peo­ple who saw the wounds the de­ceased had sus­tained af­ter be­ing stabbed. He had wounds on the chest, left arm, ab­domen and at the back.

“They were all stab wounds and the po­lice were called to at­tend the scene,” he said.

Both Rapholo and Ran­tho said they did not know why Let­sipa was killed be­cause there had never been any ar­gu­ment be­tween him and his al­leged killer be­fore the stabbing.

The case pro­ceeds.

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