Key witness wants suspect to  remain in custody

Key witness wants suspect to remain in custody

MASERU – The main witness has pleaded with a High Court judge not to grant bail to a suspect in the murder of Constable Mokalekale Khetheng saying he would seek to kill him if he is released. Police Constable Ntoane told High Court judge Justice Semapo Peete on Monday that Superintendent Thabo Tšukulu, against who he gave damning evidence in court, would seek to kill him.
Ntoane is opposing Tšukulu’s bail application.

The bail application hearing began last Wednesday and continued before Justice Peete on Monday.
The case is due to continue today before the same judge.
Ntoane insisted before the court that his life would be in danger if Tšukulu was realised on bail.

He told the court that Tšukulu has been his commanding officer for almost two years.
Tšukulu was the commanding officer of Hlotse police.

Ntoane said he has already received some threats although they were not from Tšukulu.
Tšukulu is being charged along with inspector Mabitle Matona, Haleokoe Taasoane and Superintendent Mothibeli Mofolo.
A few weeks following the arrest of the four and their detention in the Maseru Central Prison, former defence minister Tšeliso Mokhosi who is also the deputy leader of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), was charged as the fifth suspect.

Mokhosi was last month granted bail but has since skipped the country claiming he was brutally tortured by the police to confess to the murder.
The police have denied the charge. Advocate Mohau Karabo Mohau, who is appearing for Tšukulu, asked Ntoane if the petitioner had threatened him before.

Ntoane told the court that Tšukulu had not personally threatened him. Justice Peete said all the cases before him will today be put aside so that cross examination can continue uninterrupted.

Majara Molupe

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