Po­lice union leader fac­ing two at­tempted mur­der charges re­tires

Sunday Express - - NEWS - Lekhetho Nt­sukun­yane

LE­SOTHO Po­lice Staff as­so­ci­a­tion (LEPOSa) pres­i­dent In­spec­tor Moli­beli Da­mane, who is fac­ing two at­tempted mur­der charges, re­tired from the po­lice force on Fri­day.

The early re­tire­ment came a day af­ter he was re­leased on bail fol­low­ing his de­ten­tion on at­tempted mur­der charges.

In­spec­tor Da­mane (48) is cur­rently fac­ing two at­tempted mur­der tri­als in the Maseru Mag­is­trate’s Court af­ter he al­legedly shot his wife, ’Matšepo (26) and her sus­pected lover in Oc­to­ber 2015 and March 2016, re­spec­tively.

Po­lice spokesper­son Clif­ford Molefe yes­ter­day con­firmed In­spec­tor Da­mane had ap­plied for early re­tire­ment.

“In­spec­tor Da­mane has ten­dered his let­ter seek­ing early re­tire­ment from the po­lice ser­vice. as from Mon­day (to­mor­row), he will be on leave pend­ing early re­tire­ment.

“The Po­lice act al­lows for ju­nior po­lice of­fi­cers (be­tween the ranks of Po­lice Con­sta­ble and In­spec­tor) to re­tire from as early an age as 40 years,” said Su­per­in­ten­dent Molefe.

In­spec­tor Da­mane was elected pres­i­dent of LEPOSa in april last year. He found him­self in trou­ble with the law af­ter al­legedly shoot­ing and crit­i­cally in­jur­ing his wife at her work­place at the Le­sotho Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (LNDC) Cen­tre in Maseru in Oc­to­ber 2015.

He was ar­rested and de­tained at Po­lice Head­quar­ters while his wife was rushed to Tše­pong Hospi­tal.

The of­fi­cer ap­peared be­fore the Maseru Mag­is­trate’s Court on 26 Oc­to­ber on an at­tempted mur­der charge, but was re­leased on M1000 bail by the High Court.

But hardly five months af­ter the in­ci­dent and while he was still on bail, In­spec­tor Da­mane found him­self in trou­ble again af­ter he al­legedly shot his es­tranged wife’s boyfriend on 28 March 2016.

He was ar­rested and ap­peared be­fore the Maseru Mag­is­trate’s Court the fol­low­ing day charged with con­tra­ven­ing pro­vi­sions of Sec­tion 22 (1) of the Pe­nal Code act No 6 of 2010.

He was re­manded in cus­tody un­til 7 april 2016. His case was how­ever post­poned to 21 april when he was re­leased on bail again.

His lawyer, ad­vo­cate Mo­lapo yes­ter­day In­spec­tor Da­mane’s re­lease but said he was not aware of the early re­tire­ment.

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