Po­lice probe sus­pected rit­ual mur­der

Lesotho Times - - News - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

PO­LICE are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a sus­pected case of rit­ual mur­der af­ter the body of a teenager was found with a mu­ti­lated face in Ha Selonyane, Qeme.

Ac­cord­ing to eye­wit­nesses, the body was first dis­cov­ered by two men who called vil­lagers to the scene at around 4pm on Tues­day.

“The body was dis­cov­ered by two men from one of the farms in Ha Selonyane, and we ran to the scene where we found the corpse of a tall and dark girl,” the wit­ness, who re­quested anonymity, said.

“The girl’s eyes were pulled out of their sock­ets while the mouth was sliced off. She also had no­tice­able stab wounds on her chest.

“I think she was below 19 years of age, and it looked like the body was only at the scene dumped there as there were no signs of a strug­gle at the place the body was re­cov­ered.”

Po­lice spokesper­son, Se­nior In­spec­tor Clifford Molefe, said the iden­tity of the vic­tim was as yet un­known, and ap­pealed to the mem­bers of the pub­lic with miss­ing fe­male rel­a­tives to iden­tify the body at Mazenod Po­lice Sta­tion.

“We have opened a rit­ual mur­der case af­ter dis­cov­er­ing the body of a girl prob­a­bly aged be­tween 16 and 17 years,” he said.

“Some of the de­ceased’s body parts are miss­ing, hence our con­clu­sion that it is a sus­pected rit­ual mur­der. We don’t know the iden­tity of the de­ceased, and ap­peal­ing to fam­i­lies or any­one who knows a miss­ing girl aged be­tween 16-17 to visit Mazenod Po­lice Sta­tion and iden­tify the body.”

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