Minister’s bodyguard charged with murder

Minister’s bodyguard charged with murder

MASERU – A BODYGUARD to Education Deputy Minister Mothepu Mahapa, Neo Motsienyane, 30, yesterday appeared in the Maseru Magistrates’ Court to answer a charge of murder.
Magistrate Monyake Hlabanyane told Motsienyane that he had a right to apply for bail at the High Court, as murder suspects can only be granted bail in the upper court.
According to the police, Motsienyane allegedly shot Limpho Mohlapisi on December 23 last year at the Lesotho Tourism Festival (LETOFE) held at ’Manthabiseng Convention Centre in Maseru.
Mohlapisi died a few days later after he had been admitted to hospital.

Motsienyane allegedly had an argument with someone at the festival, which later degenerated into a fight, according to police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli.
He said Motsienyane is reported to have pulled his gun and tried to shoot a person he was fighting with but unfortunately he missed him and the stray bullet hit an innocent person who was not involved in the fight.

Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Mashili Mashili said the army is aware of the incident.
“We heard that the Lesotho Defence Force member was embroiled in a fight with the person he was with (at the festival). And during that fight, the soldier pulled out his gun,” he said.
He said some people who were at the festival tried to disarm him and that is where he fired by mistake and shot the wrong person.

“So according to my knowledge that soldier was arrested while the injured person was taken to the hospital,” Lt Col Mashili said.
He said they have also heard that the injured person later died at the hospital.
Motsienyane’s charge would have been grievous bodily harm had the person not died. Now he is facing a charge of murder.

Thooe Ramolibeli

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