Top cop shoots wife’s lover

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

Le­sotho Times Hardly five months af­ter al­legedly shoot­ing and crit­i­cally in­jur­ing his wife at her work­place, Le­sotho Police Staff As­so­ci­a­tion (LEPOSA) pres­i­dent, In­spec­tor Moli­beli Da­mane, finds him­self in trou­ble again — this time for the sus­pected shoot­ing of his es­tranged wife’s lover.

In­spec­tor Da­mane was re­leased on bail af­ter al­legedly shoot­ing his wife in her of­fice in Maseru in Oc­to­ber last year. He was or­dered not to in­ter­fere with his wife as one of the con­di­tions of the bail. The wife was now liv­ing in a rented apart­ment in Ha Mabote.

How­ever, on Mon­day, In­spec­tor Da­mane is said to have vis­ited his wife at her apart­ment where he al­legedly shot her boyfriend, who is a mem­ber of the Le­sotho De­fence Force.

In­spec­tor Da­mane was ar­rested the same day and taken into police cus­tody. He was later re­leased and di­rected to re­port to the police the next morn­ing while a di­rec­tive was be­ing sought from the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions (DPP).

On Tues­day af­ter­noon, In­spec­tor Da­mane was re­manded in cus­tody, and is due in court on 7 April.

Police spokesper­son Clif­ford Molefe said yes­ter­day: “Ntate Da­mane was re­manded in cus­tody fol­low­ing a di­rec­tive from the DPP yes­ter­day and is due in court on 7 April.”

Ac­cord­ing to the di­rec­tive, In­spec­tor Da­mane has a case to an­swer, and should be charged with con­tra­ven­ing pro­vi­sions of Sec­tion 22 (1) of the Pe­nal Code Act No 6 of 2010 and re­manded be­fore the Maseru Sub­or­di­nate Court on a charge of at­tempted mur­der.

The di­rec­tive also ad­vises that should In­spec­tor Da­mane ap­ply for bail, it be de­nied.

“The pros­e­cu­tion should, in the mean­time, op­pose bail un­til all danger to the life of the per­son in­jured is at an end.”

In­spec­tor was elected pres­i­dent of LEPOSA in April last year.

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