One life lost is one too many
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.