Sus­pected wife killer surrenders to po­lice

Lesotho Times - - News - Brian Chi­wanza

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.

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