Drama at Scotts’ trial

Lesotho Times - - News - Tefo Tefo

THERE were heated ex­changes in the High Court on Tues­day in the dou­ble mur­der trial of Lehlo­honolo Scott ( pic­tured) and his mother ‘ Malehlo­honolo, in­volv­ing lawyers and Jus­tice Te­boho Moiloa af­ter they failed to agree on what a wit­ness had said in court.

Scott and his mother are fac­ing charges of mur­der­ing their Koal­a­bata neigh­bours, Mo­holo­bela Seetsa and Kamo­h­elo Mo­hata in 2012.

The ex­changes oc­curred dur­ing Scott’s lawyer Ad­vo­cate Thulo Hoeane’s cross ex­am­i­na­tion of Lance Sergeant Seeko who took pho­to­graphs at the Scotts’ home in Koal­a­bata on 12 July 2012.

Ad­vo­cate Hoeane asked Lance Sergeant Seeko if one, Phure, was not telling the truth when he tes­ti­fied to the court that the po­lice only went to the donga in Koal­a­bata vil­lage that evening.

This was af­ter Seeko had told the court that af­ter leav­ing Scotts’ place in the morn­ing of that day, the po­lice re­turned to the house in the evening and then pro­ceeded to the donga.

But the prose­cu­tor Ad­vo­cate Gareth Lep­pan said it was not true that Phure said the po­lice never went to the house.

“He just said they went to the donga when they re­turned to the vil­lage. He did not specif­i­cally say they did not go to the house,” Adv Lep­pan said.

Ad­vo­cate Hoeane then in­sisted that Phure did not say any­thing about go­ing back to the house that evening.

He fur­ther asked that a tape record­ing be played so that it could be clear that his ver­sion was true.

But the High Court judge Jus­tice Te­boho Moiloa joined in the fray and said “in­deed Phure men­tioned that the po­lice went back to the house be­fore pro­ceed­ing to the donga.”

Ad­vo­cate Hoeane in­sisted that the tape be played, prompt­ing Jus­tice Moiloa to tell him to lis­ten to the tape by him­self dur­ing the lunch break.

But Ad­vo­cate Hoeane re­sponded that he could not do that dur­ing lunch break be­cause “I will also be en­joy­ing my re­cess dur- ing lunch.”

The judge abruptly ad­journed the court for lunch.

How­ever, af­ter the lunch break Ad­vo­cate Hoeane did not in­sist on play­ing the tape record­ing and con­tin­ued with his cross ex­am­i­na­tion of Lance Sergeant Seeko.

Dur­ing the cross ex­am­i­na­tion Lance Sergeant Seeko told the court that there were eight in­ves­ti­ga­tors at Scott’s house in the morn­ing hours of 12 July 2012, adding “But only two con­ducted a search in the house”.

“It is true that only burned bones which were de­scribed as ‘ se­hoasho’ were found in the house that morn­ing,” he said.

Se­hoasho is an ash-like sub­stance mostly used by some apos­tolic churches in their ser­vices.

Lance Sergeant Seeko also con­ceded that the house keys had al­ways been kept by the po­lice.

He said this in re­sponse to Ad­vo­cate Hoeane who had said the first time they con­ducted a search at Scott’s place, the po­lice did not find any hu­man body parts in the house, but af­ter the house keys were kept by the po­lice the said items were then dis­cov­ered.

The case pro­ceeds.

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