Four cops remanded over Khetheng murder

Four cops remanded over Khetheng murder

MASERU – FOUR police officers facing charges of murdering Constable Mokalekale Khetheng have been remanded in custody after appearing briefly in court on Tuesday.
The four officers appeared before Chief Magistrate ’Matankiso Nthunya five days after their alleged victim’s body was exhumed at the Botšabelo’s pauper’s cemetery last Friday.
The four are Superintendent Thabo Tšukulu, 51, Inspector Mabitle Matona, 39, Haleokoe Taasoane, 44, and Superintendent Mothibeli Mofolo, 49.

The suspects were remanded in custody until next Thursday as investigations are continuing.
The court told them that they could apply for bail at the High Court. Reading the charges for them, the Chief Magistrate said they are charged with the “brutal murder” of Khetheng.
To illustrate how Khetheng could have been murdered, his family told a local radio station harrowing things they discovered on his body.
The family said it seemed their son was severely tortured before he died.

They said Khetheng had traces of white paint that indicated that he was forced to drink it.
The paint could be seen on his face and his upper body and the shoes he wore had such stains, the family said.
Khetheng was further burnt on the torso, genital area, inner thighs and armpits.

His toes were broken and wrists cut with what is assumed to be a grinder. Khetheng had an injury of a sharp object to the skull.
The prosecutor, Qinimuzi Tshabalala, requested the magistrate to extend the case to next Thursday since investigations into the case were still going on.
According to the police’s Acting Commissioner Holomo Molibeli Khetheng was accused of burning down Pitso House in Hlotse.

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