Sus­pect slits mother’s throat

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Man­toetse Maama

The po­lice have launched a man­hunt for a 38-year-old sus­pect from Qacha’s Nek who “dis­ap­peared” last Satur­day al­legedly af­ter stab­bing his 64-year-old mother to death.

Ac­cord­ing to District Com­mis­sioner of Qacha’s Nek Po­lice, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent hlalele Ram­pai, the man al­legedly killed his mother af­ter ac­cus­ing her of be­ing in­volved in his fa­ther’s death.the sus­pect’s fa­ther was al­legedly mur­dered early this month by two teenage sus­pects he is said to have rep­ri­manded for smok­ing dagga.

“The 64-year-old woman was found ly­ing in a pool of blood in her home on Satur­day morn­ing. She had an open wound on her head and her throat had been slit. Pre­lim­i­nary po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions have re­vealed that the 38-year-old sus­pect had ac­cused his mother of be­ing com­plicit in his fa­ther’s death on 3 June,” Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Ram­pai said.

The fa­ther, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Ram­pai added, had al­legedly been mur­dered by two sus­pects aged 17 and 19, he had found smok­ing dagga near his res­i­dence.

“The 38-year-old sus­pect’s fa­ther was mur­dered on 3 June by two teenagers who were al­legedly smok­ing dagga near his yard. The two teens aged 17 and 19 years re­fused to com­ply when the sus­pect’s fa­ther asked them to move away from his yard be­cause of the dagga they were smok­ing.

“So in­stead of leav­ing, they de­cided to at­tack man, and as­saulted him un­til he died. The sus­pects have since ap­peared be­fore court and were re­manded in cus­tody. The 38-year-old man was in South Africa where he is cur­rently stay­ing when his fa­ther was killed. And when he heard of the mur­der, he came home and at­tacked his mother and we sus­pect he has since left the coun­try,” Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Ram­pai said, adding the po­lice had since been look­ing for the man.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, three women died on Sun­day morn­ing when the car they were trav­el­ling in over­turned in ha hapile.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the driver (25) was with her mother (49) and 19-year-old sis­ter.

“The po­lice sus­pect that the driver who lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle at a curve in ha hapile was speed­ing. She drove straight into the slope while she was sup­posed to turn at the curve. The driver and her lit­tle sis­ter died im­me­di­ately and their mother passed away on ar­rival at a clinic in ha Rankakala. The car was a com­plete write­off af­ter the tragic crash,” Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Ram­pai said.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Ram­pai warned driv­ers to be care­ful when driv­ing along ru­ral roads, which might not be as per­fect as those in ur­ban ar­eas.

“Most driv­ers from ur­ban ar­eas lose con­trol of their cars when they go to ru­ral roads as the sur­faces are dif­fer­ent. They should be care­ful and drive slowly or at a speed they would be able to con­trol their cars,” Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Ram­pai said, adding the po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case fur­ther.

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