Vodacom property vandalised
TWO Leribe men are in police custody after they allegedly vandalised Vodacom Lesotho towers located in Ntloana-tšoana in Berea last Friday.
The suspects, aged 28 and 30 years, were allegedly caught with eight containers of 25 litres of diesel and a battery they apparently stole after vandalising the Vodacom property.
The diesel and battery are used to ensure signal is not lost during electricity cuts.
Police spokesperson Clifford Molefe said the 30-year-old was rushed to Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital by the police after he had been beaten by a mob before his arrest.
“A guard alerted the villagers that two men driving a 4+1 taxi had allegedly stolen the diesel and battery from the towers,” Senior Inspector Molefe this week.
“The guard further alerted his employers about the same incident who then passed the information to the police. At around 5am, the police were already at the towers and the two men were arrested after they had been caught by the villagers. The 30-year-old suspect was later taken to Tšepong hospital after he had been attacked by the villagers,”
Snr Insp Molefe further said the vehicle the suspects were driving belonged to a Leribe businessman.
“Investigations into the case are continuing,” he said.
Meanwhile, Snr Insp Molefe said Tsekiso Magoagoa (36) was remanded in custody after he briefly appeared in the Mohale’s Hoek Magistrate Court on 14 January facing car theft charges.
“He allegedly stole his employer’s van which he was employed to drive. It is alleged the van was stolen on 10 January in Mohale’s Hoek and found two days later in A 29-YEAR-OLD Mohale’s Hoek man is in police custody after he allegedly had sex with a 13-year-old girl on several occasions and impregnating the minor.
The man allegedly started abusing the teenager in October 2015 and the rape only came to light after the girl’s grandmother realised she was pregnant. Asked about the pregnancy, the girl implicated the man, Snr Insp Molefe added.
“The alleged statutory rape started shortly after the man proposed to the girl and the two started having an affair,” Snr Insp Molefe said.
“when the grandmother discovered that the girl was pregnant, she asked her about it. That was when she discovered that the 29-year-old man from Mesitsaneng in Mohale’s Hoek had been raping the girl since October, claiming that they were in a relationship. There is no such thing called a love affair between a 29-year-old man and 13-year-old girl. Having sex with a minor is rape even if one says they were in a relationship. That is why we are charging him with rape.”
In another sexual abuse case, 30-yearold Mokhesi Mohlomi from Thaba-tseka was sentenced to eight years in jail without an option of a fine after he was found guilty of rape.
“Mohlomi raped a 35-year-old woman on her way from work on 7 January and on 13 January, the Thaba-tseka Magistrate’s Court sentenced him to eight years behind bars.”
Escalating cases of rape, he added, had become cause for concern and were making women live in fear, thereby denying them their right to freedom of movement.