Five soldiers charged with murder

Five soldiers charged with murder

MASERU – FIVE members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) appeared in the Maseru Magistrates’ Court on Monday to answer charges of murder.

The five are accused of killing Lekhoele Noko from Leribe, Molise Pakela and Khothatso Makibinyane who are both from Mpharane in the Mohale’s Hoek district.

The trio went missing in May this year.

The five soldiers – Lekhooa Moepi, 43, Mahlehle Moeletsi, 50, Mahlomola Makhoali, 32, Nthatakane  Motanyane, 24, and Rapele Mphaki, 47, are being charged with murder in contravention of section 40 (1) read with section 109 of the Penal Code Act no. 6 of 2010.

The charge sheet indicates in that upon or about the 16th day of May 2017, and at or near Setibing in the Maseru district, the accused who were all LDF members, acting in concert and in furtherance of a common purpose unlawfully committed an act that resulted in the death of the three.

The accused, according to the charge sheet, strangled the deceased to death.

They appeared before Magistrate Peter Murenzi.

The five were remanded in custody.

Staff Reporter

For full details, please read thepost on Thursday

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