Tšenola duo jailed 10 years for cable theft
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.