Scott trial set for next year

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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.

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