LCE stu­dent shot dead on cam­pus

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - ’Man­toetse Maama

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.

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