Vo­da­com prop­erty van­dalised

Lesotho Times - - News -

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.

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