Soli­tary con­fine­ment for Scott angers lawyer

Lesotho Times - - News - Lekhetho Nt­sukun­yane

The lawyer rep­re­sent­ing dou­ble rit­ual mur­der sus­pect, Lehlo­honolo Scott, has con­demned his client’s 24-hour soli­tary con­fine­ment “with­out con­stant breaks en­joyed by other pris­on­ers”.

Scott was ex­tra­dited from South Africa on Wed­nes­day last week af­ter his ar­rest in Dur­ban on 6 April 2014. The 30-year-old had been on the run fol­low­ing his dra­matic es­cape from Maseru Cen­tral Pri­son on 14 Oc­to­ber 2012 while he and his mother, ’Malehlo­honolo, awaited trial for the al­leged mur­der of fel­low Koal­a­bata res­i­dents Mo­holo­bela Seetsa (13) and Kamo­h­elo Mo­hata (22).

Seetsa and Mo­hata were al­legedly killed in Jan­uary and June 2012 re­spec­tively, and their mu­ti­lated bod­ies led to sug­ges­tions they had been mur­dered for rit­ual pur­poses.

Ad­vo­cate Thulo hoeane, who is rep­re­sent­ing Scott in the trial, yes­ter­day ex­pressed con­cern at the way his client is be­ing treated at Maseru Cen­tral Pri­son. Scott briefly ap­peared be­fore the high Court last Wed­nes­day where Jus­tice Te­boho Moiloa re­manded him in cus­tody un­til 23 Novem­ber 2015.

Ad­vo­cate hoeane told the Le­sotho Times when he vis­ited Scott on Fri­day last week, he dis­cov­ered un­like other pris­on­ers, his client was not be­ing al­lowed out of his cell at all.

“I vis­ited Scott on Fri­day; I am sat­is­fied with his health con­di­tion as his lawyer. how­ever, I am not happy that he is locked-up 24 hours a day in his cell, while the other pris­on­ers at the same fa­cil­ity are be­ing pe­ri­od­i­cally re­leased just to chat with each other and breathe fresh air.

“I know my client is be­ing kept un­der heavy se­cu­rity to pre­vent him from es­cap­ing again and I don’t have a prob­lem with that.

“There is a newly-built block at the pri­son, where I dis­cov­ered that Scott, Nt­sokot­sane Ma­jalle (sus­pect in the killing of two nurses last year) and for­eign mer­ce­nar­ies who were con­victed for at­tack­ing State house in 2009, are be­ing kept,” Ad­vo­cate hoeane ex­plained.

“But all th­ese other pris­on­ers are al­lowed to go out of their cells and talk to each other and also have some fresh air. This is not the case with my client, and I can­not be happy about that as his lawyer.”

Ad­vo­cate hoeane said he would ta­ble his con­cern be­fore the court when trial re­sumes on 23 Novem­ber.

“I have met with the pros­e­cu­tion and we agreed that the trial will re­sume on 23 Novem­ber as the judge in­di­cated. They told me they were busy pre­par­ing the charge of es­cape from pri­son for Scott and that I should al­low them time un­til the set trial date and then raise my con­cern.”

Asked if he in­tended to ap­ply for bail for Scott, Ad­vo­cate hoeane said he would leave it to his client to de­cide.

“Chances of his re­lease on bail are very

Sco““I vis­ited tt on Fri­day; I am sat­is­fied with his health con­di­tion as his lawyer. How­ever, I am not happy that he is locked-up 24 hours a day in his cell, while the other pris­on­ers at the same fa­cil­ity are be­ing pe­ri­od­i­cally re­leased just to chat with each other and breathe fresh air.

slim con­sid­er­ing he has al­ready proved to be a flight risk. How­ever, I will re­ceive all the in­struc­tions from him. If he says I should seek bail for him, then I will try. But like I said, chances of suc­cess on that are al­most zero.”

Asked about ’Malehlo­honolo, who was re­leased on bail when Scott was still at large, Ad­vo­cate hoeane said she would be be­fore the court when her son makes his ap­pear­ance next month.

“She is still on bail; noth­ing has changed con­cern­ing her case. Now that the main sus­pect is here, she will be in court on 23 Novem­ber,” said Ad­vo­cate hoeane.

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