One life lost is one too many

Lesotho Times - - Leader -

NOMATTER how of­ten one reads or hears about it, it is just not pos­si­ble to get used to the idea of one hu­man be­ing killing an­other.

And as much as it has been said that crime does not pay, sadly it would ap­pear the mes­sage con­tin­ues to go un­heeded if the two sto­ries car­ried in this edi­tion of two separate mur­der cases are any­thing to go by.

It may just be two separate in­ci­dents and it is likely that the per­pe­tra­tors are in the mi­nor­ity but still ev­ery hu­man life is just too pre­cious to waste and we im­plore the pub­lic never to act in the heat of the mo­ment, even un­der the most in­tense provo­ca­tion.

Mur­der is a crime, once com­mit­ted, can never be undone and when one sobers up and faces up to the con­se­quences, no amount of re­morse could ever re­store the pre­cious life lost, or re­pair the trail of bro­ken hearts and re­store af­fected re­la­tion­ships.

In one story, we re­port on a 31-year old man from Sekhut­long in Ke­tane who is cur­rently cool­ing his heels in cus­tody as he awaits trial for the al­leged mur­der of his 25-year old wife.

His al­leged rea­sons for com­mit­ting the of­fence in­clude the claims that she served their chil­dren more food than dished out to him!

The al­leged of­fence fol­lowed a fight that had en­sured ear­lier over food and a separate ac­cu­sa­tion that she had also en­gaged in an ex­tra-mar­i­tal af­fair.

In the other story, a 29 year-old man from HaSe­oli in Maseru district was also brought be­fore the courts fac­ing two counts of mur­der, one of at­tempted mur­der and an­other for il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a gun.

The bru­tal killings of the two women were al­legedly com­mit­ted seven years ago but the po­lice re­port suc­ceeds in presenting a grue­some pic­ture whose macabre details are as fresh as though the of­fence was com­mit­ted just yes­ter­day.

“We went to the scene and upon ar­rival we found two women ly­ing in a pool of blood in the house. It was in the kitchen. When we ex­am­ined the bod­ies, Tlaleng Tšiu had three open wounds on the head, one on the ab­domen and one at the back, while ‘Malipuo Mokhopheli had two open wounds on the head,” read part of the state­ment that was pre­sented to the court.

It re­mains for the hon­ourable court to de­cide if crimes of mur­der have been com­mit­ted in the two cases.

What is clear so far is that there are peo­ple who lost their lives.

What is also clear is that the in both cases, the de­ceased were women and in one case, a mother who left be­hind young chil­dren who will have to face the world with­out her.

We do know that wher­ever crim­i­nal of­fences have been com­mit­ted, the im­pli­ca­tions are far­reach­ing.

Crim­i­nal of­fences have ten­ta­cles which reach far beyond the per­pe­tra­tor and in this case, the sad thing is that the cou­ple have chil­dren who have been de­prived of the love and care they should be re­ceiv­ing from their par­ents with the mother dead and the fa­ther taken away from them and await­ing trial in po­lice cus­tody.

Vi­o­lence and crime have never re­solved any dis­pute.

How­ever galling it must have been for the sus­pect, the is­sue of food ra­tions or even the al­leged ex­tra-mar­i­tal af­fair could all have been re­solved through di­a­logue- ei­ther by en­gag­ing rel­a­tives or even seek­ing pro­fes­sional help.

It is in­cum­bent upon cou­ples to seek help in re­solv­ing dis­putes of any kind when­ever they arise rather than tak­ing mat­ters into their own hands and act­ing on the spur of the mo­ment.

We there­fore urge Ba­sotho to seek help in con­flict res­o­lu­tion. One dead per­son is sim­ply one per­son too many.

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