Tšenola duo jailed 10 years for ca­ble theft

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TWO Tšenola men were on Thurs­day sen­tenced to 10 years in prison by the Maseru Mag­is­trate’s Court for steal­ing Le­sotho Elec­tric­ity Com­pany (LEC) ca­bles.

Molupe Nku (27) and Tumelo Lechaea (24) were each given op­tions of pay­ing M10 000 fines to se­cure their free­dom by Se­nior Res­i­dent Mag­is­trate Phethise Motanyane, but failed to raise the money lead­ing to their in­car­cer­a­tion.

The court heard that on 16 Jan­uary 2016, LEC em­ploy­ees switched off elec­tric­ity at a sub-sta­tion near the Maseru Bridge bor­der post and Maseru Cen­tral sub-sta­tion as part of their rou­tine main­te­nance.

In his tes­ti­mony, LEC team leader in Maseru, Tšepo Mothebe, said while on their way to switch­ing on the power, the of­fi­cials saw Nku car­ry­ing a heavy bag and be­came sus­pi­cious.

The LEC of­fi­cials stopped their car to in­ves­ti­gate what Nku was car­ry­ing but be­fore they could con­front him, he aban­doned the bag and ran to­wards Thi­bella ceme­tery.

Upon search­ing the bag, Mr Mothebe and his team dis­cov­ered 10 cop­per and six light ca­bles whose value was es­ti­mated at M250 000.

Mr Mothebe said they also spot­ted a “4+1” taxi, from which Lechaea promptly dis­em­barked and fol­lowed his part­ner-in-crime to the ceme­tery.

The duo was later on ar­rested and charged.

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