Scotts back in court

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Koal­a­bata rit­ual mur­der sus­pects, lehlo­honolo Scott and his mother, ‘Malehlo­honolo, were back in the High Court on Mon­day this week.

Jus­tice te­boho Moiloa told mother and son that their case would be heard from 11 to 15 april and 18 to 27 april next year.

Scott is in Maseru Cen­tral Prison while his mother was re­leased on M500 bail in au­gust last year.

the two were ar­rested on 12 July 2012 for al­legedly killing their Koal­a­bata neigh­bours Mo­holo­bela Seetsa (13) and Kamo­h­elo Mo­hata (22) in Jan­uary and June 2012, re­spec­tively.

the mu­ti­lated bod­ies of the vic­tims led to sug­ges­tions that they had been killed for rit­ual pur­poses.

How­ever, Scott es­caped from Maseru Cen­tral Prison on 14 Oc­to­ber 2012, and fled to South africa where he was ar­rested in april 2014.

on 21 oc­to­ber this year, Scott was ex­tra­dited to le­sotho and ap­peared be­fore the High Court the same day. Jus­tice Moiloa re­manded him in cus­tody un­til 23 Novem­ber, hence he was back in court this week.

on 4 oc­to­ber, Scott also ap­peared be­fore the Maseru Mag­is­trate’s Court and charged with es­cap­ing from law­ful cus­tody.

ad­vo­cate thapelo Mokuku, who pros­e­cutes the case, on Mon­day told Jus­tice Moiloa that Scott had now been charged for the prisonbreak.

How­ever, the judge would not al­low the Scotts’ lawyer, ad­vo­cate thulo Hoeane, to voice his con­cerns.

ad­vo­cate Hoeane had told the court: “My lord, if you could al­low me… there are cer­tain things that are hap­pen­ing against ac­cused Num­ber one (lehlo­honolo), which this court should know be­cause they af­fect the trial.”

but be­fore he could pro­ceed, the judge in­ter­jected: “What­ever is re­lated to the trial should be said dur­ing the trial, not now. i am only deal­ing with hard facts, noth­ing else.”

the judge also ad­mon­ished ad­vo­cate Mokuku when he dis­cov­ered the amended chargesheet against Scott had not been given to ad­vo­cate Hoeane.

“you see! i don’t want coun­sel to way­lay one an­other,” Jus­tice Moiloa said.

Mean­while, ad­vo­cate gareth lep­pan of South africa, also joined the pros­e­cu­tion team on Mon­day.

What­ever is re­lated to the trial should be said dur­ing the trial, not now. I am only deal­ing with hard facts, noth­ing else

Lehlo­honolo Scott.

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