Khetheng mur­der sus­pects re­manded in cus­tody

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

FOUR Le­sotho Mounted Po­lice Ser­vice (LMPS) mem­bers charged with the mur­der of Po­lice Con­sta­ble (PC) Mokalekale Khetheng have been re­manded in cus­tody af­ter briefly ap­pear­ing be­fore the Mag­is­trate’s Court on Tues­day.

A LMPS mem­ber of the rank of se­nior as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner was also ar­rested on Mon­day in con­nec­tion with the case, be­fore be­ing re­leased the next day.

How­ever, Po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Mpiti Mopeli has said the re­leased of­fi­cer might be called back “if need be”, as in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the case con­tinue.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Thabo Tšukulu (51) of ’Malere Matelile Ha Qaba in the Mafeteng dis­trict, Se­nior In­spec­tor Mabi­tle Ma­tona (39) of Butha-buthe, Ha Nqabeni, Sub In­spec­tor Ha­le­okoe Taa­soane (44) of of Lipho­fung Mokhot­long and In­spec­tor Moth­ibeli Mo­folo (49) were charged for con­tra­ven­ing Sec­tion 40 (1) of the Pe­nal Code No. 6 of 2010.

Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, the four per­formed “an un­law­ful act or omis­sion with the in­ten­tion of caus­ing the death” of PC Khetheng on 26 March 2016 in Ha Mokhalinyane, Maseru dis­trict.

PC Khetheng was sta­tioned in Mokhot­long and last seen be­ing ar­rested by his col­leagues at a tra­di­tional feast in Se­both­oane, Leribe on 25 March 2016 and had not been seen or heard from since.

This had prompted his father, Thabo Khetheng, to lodge an ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore the High Court on 18 July 2016 for the po­lice au­thor­i­ties to pro­duce him dead or alive.

PC Khetheng had been ar­rested and charged on al­le­ga­tions he torched the house of his su­pe­rior in Mokhot­long dis­trict where he was de­ployed.

He was al­legedly last seen with In­spec­tor Mo­folo, PC Ntoane, PC ‘Mabohlokoa Mako­toko and Se­nior In­spec­tor Ma­tona.

The LMPS had ar­gued that PC Khetheng had left the Hlotse po­lice sta­tion with­out per­mis­sion and they did not know where he was. For its part, the Khetheng fam­ily ar­gued that the po­lice should know where he was be­cause they ar­rested him.

The case had been pro­ceed­ing in the High Court, with nu­mer­ous post­pone­ments, un­til Wed­nes­day last week when a spe­cial po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing team ar­rested In­spec­tor Mo­folo and PC Ntoana in con­nec­tion with the disap- pear­ance. The other two were later ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the case.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion led to the ex­huma­tion of a man the fam­ily be­lieves to be PC Khetheng on Fri­day af­ter the po­lice were granted a court or­der by the Mag­is­trate’s Court on Thurs­day in light of on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Po­lice will con­duct a DNA test to ver­ify the iden­tity of the body which had been buried at the Lepereng ceme­tery in the out­skirts of Maseru. The grave­yard is used to bury un­claimed corpses.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion found on the tomb­stone, the body was found in Ha Setho, two days af­ter PC Khetheng’s ar­rest in Leribe.

The uniden­ti­fied body was trans­ported by Ha Mokhalinyane po­lice to Ha ‘Ma­jane be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to a Le­sotho Fu­neral Ser­vice mor­tu­ary in Maseru.

The body was buried on 7 De­cem­ber 2016 at the Lepereng ceme­tery to­gether with other uniden­ti­fied corpses.

The sus­pects ap­peared be­fore Chief Mag­is­trate ’Matankiso Nthunya and will ap­pear for another re­mand hear­ing on 17 Au­gust 2017.

two of the sus­pects.

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