Man sus­pected of killing lover’s child

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Man­toetse Maama

A 46-year-old Mafeteng man is in po­lice cus­tody for al­legedly mur­der­ing his girl­friend’s five-year-old child early this month.

Ac­cord­ing to dis­trict Com­mis­sioner of Mafeteng Po­lice, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Tšeliso Baholo, the child’s mother had ini­tially been a sus­pect in the al­leged mur­der, but was cleared by the Mafeteng Mag­is­trate’s Court last week.

“Ac­cord­ing to po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions, the baby dis­ap­peared on 3 April, and the 36-year-old mother, to­gether with fel­low vil­lagers from Ha Patsa, be­came con­cerned.

Af­ter search­ing and fail­ing to find the baby, the case was re­ported to the po­lice.

Both the woman and her boyfriend were called to the po­lice sta­tion for ques­tion­ing.

“The boyfriend then con­fessed to killing the child and bury­ing her body in a shal­low grave in the coun­try­side. He then took the po­lice to the body, lead­ing to his ar­rest. The body was ex­humed on 20 April, and sent for a post-mortem,” Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Baholo said.

“Ini­tially, it was sus­pected that the wom- an was also in­volved in mur­der­ing her child but the court could not find ev­i­dence link­ing her to the crime.”

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Baholo fur­ther said there was no sign the mur­der was rit­u­ally mo­ti­vated.

The Le­sotho Times could not im­me­di­ately es­tab­lish when the sus­pect would be back in court.

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