Pa­tient’s mur­der rocks hos­pi­tal

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

a 16-Year-old pa­tient ad­mit­ted at Mohlomi Psy­chi­atric Hos­pi­tal in Maseru al­legedly killed a fel­low in­mate on Tues­day by tear­ing out her eyes, rip­ping away her scalp and bash­ing her head against the floor.

ac­cord­ing to sources who work at the men­tal in­sti­tu­tion, the teenager had been put into a hold­ing cell to pro­tect other pa­tients, mem­bers of staff and vis­i­tors af­ter she had be­come ex­tremely vi­o­lent.

But ac­cord­ing to the sources, the nurses who made the de­ci­sion to lock away the pa­tient were not aware that there was a 34-year-old in­mate al­ready in the cell for the same rea­son.

The teen pa­tient had been trans­ferred from Butha-buthe last week, the sources fur­ther told the Le­sotho Times.

One of the sources yes­ter­day told the Le­sotho Times: “The pa­tient started be­hav­ing vi­o­lently yes­ter­day and to pro­tect ev­ery­one else at the hos­pi­tal, the nurses threw her into a hold­ing cell with­out check­ing if it was empty.

“They should have checked first if the cell was oc­cu­pied or not but they didn’t. They sim­ply locked the cell and left with­out mak­ing sure she was the only oc­cu­pant of the cell in line with the hos­pi­tal’s reg­u­la­tions.

“The girl then at­tacked her older fel­low pa­tient who was asleep at the time. She gouged her eye out, and ap­par­ently chewed it and spit it out and ripped the skin off her head in a fit of vi­o­lence which left all of us in ut­ter shock and dis­be­lief.”

ac­cord­ing to an­other source, the grue­some in­ci­dent was only dis­cov­ered when the nurses went to check on the teenager “af­ter some time”.

“When the nurses went to the cell, they saw blood and some bro­ken teeth on the floor, and the 34-year-old was on the floor. When they asked the teenager what had hap­pened, she said she had stran­gled her first.

“This ex­plained why no one heard any noise when such vi­o­lence was tak­ing place right there in the hos­pi­tal com­plex,” said the source. When the Le­sotho Times crew vis­ited the in­sti­tu­tion yes­ter­day, three mem­bers of the hos­pi­tal man­age­ment con­firmed the gory in­ci­dent. How­ever, the man­agers would not speak on record, cit­ing pro­to­col.

“It is true that there was a hor­ror in­ci­dent here yes­ter­day. We are con­duct­ing in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions to es­tab­lish what re­ally hap­pened as we are also in a state of shock,” one of the of­fi­cials said.

“The rea­son why we can­not speak on record is be­cause we are not au­tho­rised to give in­ter­view about what hap­pens at this hos­pi­tal.

“Se­condly, we have not in­formed the two women’s fam­i­lies and are yet to file an of­fi­cial re­port to the Min­istry of Health, un­der which this hos­pi­tal falls.

“We ex­pect an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment on what took place here to be made on Mon­day next week.”

Con­tacted yes­ter­day on the is­sue, the di­rec­tor of Men­tal Health, Michael Le­bina, said he could not com­ment as he was on leave.

Health Min­is­ter dr ‘Molotsi Monya­mane could not be reached yes­ter­day as his mo­bile phone was un­reach­able.

How­ever, po­lice spokesper­son Clifford Molefe con­firmed the in­ci­dent and said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were in progress.

“Yes, it is true that mur­der was com­mit­ted at Mohlomi Men­tal Hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day and we have opened a case against a 16-year-old sus­pect,” Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe said.

“as soon as we com­plete our in­ves­ti­ga­tions, we will sub­mit the docket to the of­fice of the di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions (DPP) for guid­ance on the next step to take.”

The girl then at­tacked her older fel­low pa­tient who was asleep at the time. She gouged her eye out, and ap­par­ently chewed it and spit it out and ripped the skin off her head in a fit of vi­o­lence which left all of us in ut­ter shock and dis­be­lief

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