LCE student shot dead on campus
ALeSotho College of education (LeC) student died on thursday a day after he was allegedly shot by a security guard on duty at the campus.
the 27-year-old student-teacher died at Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial hospital, where he had been rushed soon after the shooting, according to Maseru District Police Commissioner, Senior Superintendent tšeliso tšita (pictured).
“on Wednesday at around 2am, some LCe students who are members of a social group called Liboba, were singing at the college campus.
“The security officer, who was on duty, asked the students to stop disturbing their colleagues who stay on campus.
“however, while the security guard was addressing the students, it is alleged that he was hit by a stone on the forehead, and retaliated by shooting at the learners. A 27-year-old man, who was a third-year student, was shot in the stomach with the bullet going through the back,” Senior Superintendent tšita said.
the injured student, Senior Superintendent tšita said, was rushed to Queen ’Mamohato Memorial hospital (tšepong) where he was admitted, but died on thursday.
“the security guard has since been arrested, and the firearm confiscated for evidence.”
Senior Superintendent tšita said while students have the right to be members of social groups at tertiary institutions, there are laws and regulations they must always abide by.
“In this case, it is obvious that there could have been a misunderstanding between the students and the security guard. It is very unfortunate that a life has been lost in such circumstances,” he said, adding police investigations into the case continue.
According to Senior Superintendent tšita, the security would appear in court, possibly this week.
In a separate incident, a 25-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly conspiring with a 27-year-old man to hijack and murder a male ha Foso resident on Wednesday night.
According to Senior Superintendent tšita, the suspects were caught in ha tšosane driving the deceased’s vehicle the following evening.
“Police officers who were on patrol found the two in ha tšosane driving a Polo vehicle and stopped them to inquire. the of- ficers searched the car and found a passport, driver’s licence and firearm that had no bullets. The two were questioned about the items, and the two said the car belonged to the man’s friend.
“they had apparently called him saying they had found a girlfriend for him and when he got to them, they shot him, and dumped his body in Lekokoaneng, Berea district.”
Senior Superintendent tšita said investigations into the case continue, while the suspects remain in custody.
Meanwhile, a 23-year-old textile factory worker was arrested on tuesday for allegedly stealing M46 000 from the company.
Senior Superintendent tšeliso tšita said: “the back window was found open, and the management suspected the man because after the incident, he never reported for work. he was not even at home and his parents assumed he was still at work. When he was found, he had M1 000 in his pockets and M10 000 was later recovered hidden at his residence. the suspect told the police that he had used the rest of the money.”
Senior Superintendent tšita warned businesspeople not to keep large sums of money on their premises to avoid being robbed.