Four soldiers charged with murder

Four soldiers charged with murder


MASERU – FOUR Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) members were yesterday finally charged with murder and remanded in custody, three years after they allegedly beat up a Qacha’s Nek woman to death.
The soldiers appeared before Maseru Magistrate Senekane Qobolo for the first time yesterday.

The soldiers are Corporal Motsieloa, Private Koloti, Private Moeti and Private Choachoa. The four are being charged with the murder of ’Mamoleboheng Besele of Qacha’s Nek on February 28, 2016.
The accused are said to have used a spade and whips to beat the woman to death.

While appearing for the first time in court, the charge was read to them and they were told of their legal rights to have lawyers of their own choice.
Magistrate Qobolo told them that they have a right to bail which they will apply for at the High Court.
Ten witnesses including police officers are expected to testify against the soldiers, according to court papers.
The case was remanded to October 7 for mention.

The soldiers are said to have killed Besele with a spade, stick, and whip at Ha-Molomo military base located at Lebakeng in Qacha’s Nek District.
According to the Development for Peace Education (DPE)’s 2016 report on the state of human rights in Lesotho, a postmortem report indicated that Besele died of injuries to the kidney and uterus.
There were no arrests or prosecution in the case until this week.

Besele, nee Puseletso Pelesa, allegedly insulted her aunt because her husband had given the aunt some meat without consulting her.
The aunt, ’Mamongali Mongali, reported her to the village chief, Chieftainess ’Mamoliehi Motloang of Rothifa in Lebakeng in Qacha’s Nek district.
Besele allegedly denied before Chieftainess Motloang that she had insulted the aunt.

The Chieftainess sent her to the nearby army camp, in the company of the community policing group, and asked the soldiers to help resolve their conflict.
It is the chief’s duty, not the army, to mediate between her quarrelling subjects.
The aunt said her niece kept on denying before the soldiers that she had insulted her and they beat her with sticks, a spade and whips.
Besele died soon after leaving the army camp.
It took the DPP three years to prosecute the soldiers.

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