Suspected wife killer surrenders to police
MAGISTRATE Monyake Hlabanyane yesterday remanded in custody a former Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) employee accused of killing his wife with a hammer last year before fleeing to South Africa.
Motsamai Lehanya (43) of HaMatala is now facing a murder charge after allegedly hammering to death his wife, Mahali Maliane Lehanya, on 10 October 2014.
Mr Lehanya finally surrendered himself at Lithoteng Police Station in the company of his lawyer, Advocate Khotso Nthontho, on Monday this week.
He was immediately taken into police custody awaiting his appearance in the Maseru Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
His charge sheet, as presented in court, reads: “That the said accused is charged with contravening provi- sions of section 40 of the penal code of 2010…. In that upon or about 10 October2014 and at or near HaMatala in the district of Maseru, the said accused did wrongfully and unlawfully perform an act on Mahali Maliane Lehanya, hitting her with a hammer on the head with the intention to kill…thus the accused committed the offense of murder.”
According to prosecutor Mr Mo- hau Mahanyele, who read the charge, the accused absconded after killing his wife, whose body was only discovered three days later.
“He allegedly hit his wife with a hammer on the forehead,” he said. “Her corpse was found three days later after he had already fled the country for South Africa.
“The accused surrendered himself at the police station on Monday where he was immediately placed in custody awaiting his appearance in the Magistrate’s Court.”
Magistrate Hlabanyane advised Mr Lehanya of his right to legal representation and that he could apply for bail in the High Court. The accused would be back in court on 9 November 2015.