Love tri­an­gle ends in double homi­cide

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

A SUS­PECTED love tri­an­gle has re­sulted in the stab­bing of a 30year old woman al­legedly by her 39-year old part­ner who was shortly there­after also killed by a mob on Tuesday in Maseru’s Thet­sane sub­urb.

The tragic event was the cul­mi­na­tion of a bizarre love tri­an­gle in which the woman was al­legedly in­volved in a three-way re­la­tion­ship with her part­ner and another man.

How­ever, peo­ple who knew the cou­ple told the Le­sotho Times they orig­i­nally came from Man­tšonyane in Thaba-tseka and were ini­tially mar­ried to dif­fer­ent spouses. Af­ter elop­ing to Maseru, the cou­ple lived to­gether for four years.

Their re­la­tion­ship had re­port­edly bro­ken down af­ter the woman had dumped the de­ceased for yet another man.

Ac­cord­ing to eye-wit­nesses, the duo ap­peared to be at log­ger­heads while walk­ing to­gether from Thet- sane Police Sta­tion on Tuesday.

They had been sum­moned to the police sta­tion in con­nec­tion with an as­sault case the woman had opened against the man.

“Ap­par­ently the woman wanted out of their four-year re­la­tion­ship and when she dumped the man, he slapped her,” said one wit­ness.

“They both had spouses re­sid­ing in their home vil­lage in Man­tšonyane, Thaba-tseka but they had been liv­ing like a mar­ried cou­ple for four years,” another wit­ness said.

The wit­ness said all hell broke loose as the cou­ple walked from the sta­tion, with the man fa­tally stab­bing the woman.

The man re­port­edly tried to run for his life to­wards the police sta­tion af­ter be­ing con­fronted by on­look­ers.

“The peo­ple who wit­nessed the whole scene tried to ap­pre­hend him but he was so wild and un­con­trol­lable that he started at­tack­ing the mob,” said the on­looker.

“That is when they fought back and he was killed in the process. His brains were splat­tered on the ground af­ter the melee.”

Police spokesper­son Su­per­in­ten­dent Clif­ford Molefe con­firmed the cou­ple were in a love tri­an­gle, say­ing they were sup­posed to ap­pear in court yes­ter­day over the as­sault case.

“The woman opened a case against the man. She claimed that he had as­saulted her when she dumped him for another man. They were sup­posed to ap­pear in court to­day (Wed­nes­day),” Su­per­in­ten­dent Molefe said.

“He al­legedly fa­tally stabbed her in full view of the peo­ple who were at the scene and she died in­stantly.”

Su­per­in­ten­dent Molefe said police were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the two mur­der cases and would ap­proach the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tion (DPP) King’s Coun­sel Le­aba Thet­sane af­ter com­plet­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

THE woman who was fa­tally stabbed on Tuesday.

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