Court told how ’Makarabo vanished

Court told how ’Makarabo vanished

MASERU – A police detective narrated how ’Makarabo Mojakhomo escaped from custody in a testimony meant to block her husband’s bail application yesterday. Trying to convince Magistrate Litšitso Selialia not to grant Thabang Mojakhomo bail, Detective Thoola said she feared that he too could abscond.

Detective Thoola, a third witness in the bail application, said she was the one looking after ’Makarabo when she fled.
She said ’Makarabo asked for permission to go to the toilet and she accompanied her.

“I left her near the office door. She was standing there. I then went into the office to collect the police holding cell keys,” Thoola said.
“And on my return, ’Makarabo was nowhere to be seen.”

She said ’Makarabo disappeared on the very same day she was supposed to appear in court.
Police Detective Inspector Nthejane argued that Mojakhomo should not be granted bail because he is likely to flee to South Africa where he has a home and his two children are staying.

Police Constable Mapapane shared the same sentiments with Inspector Nthejane that the couple might face heavy sentence if convicted so they have a motive to flee the country.
The court however disagreed with their argument and granted Mojakhomo bail.

Mojakhomo is facing fraud charges together with his wife for allegedly defrauding First Lady ’Maesaia Thabane Trust Fund.
Magistrate Selialia granted Mojakhomo bail on condition that he pays a deposit of M5 000 and a surety of M40 000.
Other conditions include surrendering his passport to the clerk of court, not interfering with crown witnesses and attending remands.

Mojakhomo is accused of acting in concert with his wife to defraud Décor-Art Furniture a sofa and for misusing the funds worth M60 000 of ’Maesaia Thabane Trust Fund where she was employed as a director.

’Makarabo was arrested but allegedly disappeared in police holding cells before appearing in court.
Her husband was arrested a few days later.

’Makarabo’s whereabouts are still unknown since she disappeared from police custody.
Thabang’s bail application was argued on Friday last week and continued to Monday while the ruling was delivered yesterday.
The court also informed Thabang to re-appear before court on Monday for remand.
The case was prosecuted by Qimunisi Tshabalala.

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