Scott trial set for next year
THE trial of Koalabata double ritual murder suspect, Lehlohonolo Scott, is set to resume in April next year, the Lesotho Times heard this week.
According to Scott’s lawyer, Advocate Thulo Hoeane, the decision was made this week by High Court judge, Justice Teboho Joseph Moiloa.
Advocate Hoeane said the judge set the dates after meeting him and Prosecutor Thapelo Mokuku in his chambers on Monday morning.
“Following our meeting in the judge’s chambers on Monday morning, a decision was made that the case will only be heard in April next year,” Advocate Hoeane said.
“The judge said the trial will be from 11 to 15 April, and then 18 to 27 April 2016.”
Advocate Hoeane further said Justice Moiloa indicated he had decided on next year to allow for further po- lice investigations into the alleged murders.
Scott (30) is accused of killing and mutilating Moholobela Seetsa (13) and Kamohelo Mohata (22) in January and June 2012, respectively.
He was arrested on 12 July 2012 alongside his mother, ’Malehlohonolo, following the discovery of Seetsa and Mohata’s mutilated bodies in Koalabata. But on 14 October 2012, Scott mysteriously escaped from Maseru Central Prison and fled to South Africa.
But after two years on the run, Scott was arrested in Durban on 6 April 2014, and extradited on 21 October 2015. He appeared before Justice Moiloa the same day and the judge remanded him in custody until 23 November 2015 when his murder trial was expected to resume.
But according to Advocate Hoeane, Scott would still be brought before the court on 23 November, but only to formally inform him of the trial date. His mother would also be before the court, but would be further remanded out of custody, Advocate Hoeane.
Advocate Hoeane said: “There are some technical elements pertaining to the forensic investigation. This is not a simple murder case; it involves bodies which were allegedly mutilated so there is a lot involved as far as forensic investigations are concerned.”
Advocate Hoeane however, said he was disappointed with the delay to bring his client before the court.
“This is a high-profile case which has attracted so much public attention. I would have thought after so much effort to have Scott extradited, it would be equally urgent for the courts to deal with the matter right away.
“It is embarrassing that we are still talking about incomplete forensic investigations three years after the discovery of those bodies,” Advocate Hoeane added.
In addition to double murder charges, Scott faces one charge of escaping from lawful custody before the Maseru Magistrate’s Court.