Gun­men rob and crit­i­cally in­jure cou­ple

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Man­toetse Maama

The po­lice are look­ing for a 26-yearold sus­pect and his ac­com­plice who al­legedly stabbed and shot a ThabaTseka cou­ple af­ter rob­bing the fam­ily of M7 000 last satur­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Dis­trict com­mis­sioner of Thaba-tseka po­lice, Lit­si­etsi se­limo, the sus­pect and the un­known part­ner-in-crime at­tacked the cou­ple in the mid­dle of the night and left them for dead.

The 26-year-old was re­leased from prison last month al­most two years into a three-year jail term for stock-theft, se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent se­limo added.

“po­lice pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions have re­vealed that the cou­ple had re­tired for the night and later heard gun­shots out­side their home.

“Un­for­tu­nately, one of the bul­lets hit the man in the jaw as he looked out through the win­dow to see what was go­ing on.

“The sus­pect and his ac­com­plice then forced their way into the house and stabbed the woman in the arm as her hus­band lay down in­jured,” se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent se­limo.

“The man had just ar­rived home when the at­tack took place, as he works in south Africa. it is sus­pected the rob­bers knew the cou­ple’s bed­room be­cause of the way they went through the house search­ing for money and cell-phones. They only man­aged to get the cash.”

se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent se­limo said the stabbed woman was treated as an out­pa­tient, while her hus­band is fight­ing for his life at Queen ‘Mamo­hato Me­mo­rial hos­pi­tal.

“This sus­pect was sen­tenced to three years in jail af­ter he was found guilty of stock-theft. he had served one year and 11 months of the sen­tence when he was re­leased. The po­lice are still try­ing to es­tab­lish the iden­tity of his friend and we are ap­peal­ing to the public to give us any in­for­ma­tion that might lead to the ar­rest of these crim­i­nals.”

on his part, Lcs spokesper­son Neo Mopeli said the sus­pect could have been among 17 pris­on­ers re­leased last month fol­low­ing a min­is­te­rial di­rec­tive.

“The sus­pect could have been amongst the 17 pris­on­ers who were re­leased on 8 June. The min­is­ter gave a di­rec­tive that pris­on­ers who still had 12-months or less to serve, should be re­leased,” As­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent Mopeli said yesterday.

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