Hus­band stabs ‘ri­val’ to death

Lesotho Times - - News - ‘Man­toetse Maama

A 37-year-old man from ‘Me­likane in Qacha’s Nek was al­legedly stabbed to death on Sun­day morn­ing by a 27-year-old sus­pect who ac­cused him of hav­ing an af­fair with his wife.

Ac­cord­ing to the Dis­trict Com­mis­sioner of Qacha’s Nek Po­lice, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Hlalele Ram­pai, the sus­pect was ar­rested on Mon­day and would ap­pear in court once in­ves­ti­ga­tions are com­pleted.

“Po­lice pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions have re­vealed that the two men were at a party and at around 1am, the sus­pect ac­cused the nowl­ate 37-year-old of hav­ing an adul­ter­ous af­fair with his wife.

He then at­tacked and stabbed the man with a knife, and the vic­tim died at the scene of crime, lead­ing to the sus­pect’s ar­rest,” Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Ram­pai said.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Ram­pai, who urged com­mu­ni­ties not to take the law into their own hands but to seek help from the po­lice or even rel­a­tives in case of such do­mes­tic dis­putes, on Tues­day told the Le­sotho Times the sus­pect would be charged with mur­der.

“We are con­tin­u­ing with our in­ves­ti­ga­tions, and the sus­pect will ap­pear in court once the case is ready for pros­e­cu­tion,” Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Ram­pai said.

Mean­while, a 40-year-old man from Qacha’s Nek was al­legedly stoned to death by two men who had found him in pos­ses­sion of their live­stock on 31 March.

Ac­cord­ing to Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Ram­pai, the vic­tim was herd­ing the live­stock when he was con­fronted by the sus­pects

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions have re­vealed that the sus­pects, aged 23 and 27, found the now-de­ceased herd­ing their live­stock late at night, and had not seen the an­i­mals since early that day.

It was not clear whether the vic­tim was tak­ing the live­stock to the chief or what be­cause he was at­tacked be­fore he could give his side of the story.

“The vic­tim was beaten and then stoned to death, and one of the sus­pects was ar­rested on the night of the tragedy.

The other one was ar­rested the fol­low­ing day, and they should be ap­pear­ing in court this week,” Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Ram­pai said on Tues­day.

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