Scott guilty as charged, says judge

Scott guilty as charged, says judge

MASERU-FEARED murder suspect, Lehlohonolo Scott, was on Tuesday found guilty on all the charges levelled against him.
He will know his fate on June 24 when he will be sentenced.

The High Court ruled that Scott, and his mother, ’Malehlohonolo Scott, were guilty of the murder of Moholobela Seetsa and Kamohelo Mahata in 2012.
Justice Teboho Moiloa also found Scott guilty of unlawfully escaping from the Maseru Central prison.
Justice Moiloa said he found it hard to believe that ’Malehlohonolo Scott was not aware of what was happening in her house as the body parts were found there.
“As a result I found her guilty of being the accessory to murder performed by the first accused,” Justice Moiloa said.

He said from his view, the house belonged to ’Malehlohonolo and she as the owner, “did have some time to clean the house” and she could have seen either the body parts or clothes of the murdered boys.

“She cannot tell the court she never saw the clothes which she knew very well that they did not belong to her son nor smell any blood in the house and in the toilet,” he said.
He said due to that, the court believed that she shared a common purpose with her son to murder Kamohelo Mohata.
He said in the murder of Moholobela Seetsa, the court could not find enough evidence which could link or connect her to the murder.

“I am not saying she did not know, it might happen that she knew but we are not sure,” he said.
Justice Moiloa however told the court that due to the health conditions of ’Malehlohonolo, the court will grant her bail until the sentencing date.
’Malehlohonolo, who sat in the dock motionless, appeared sickly.

When the judge entered the court and the bailiff ordered everyone to rise, ’Malehlohonolo had to be assisted to do so.
Justice Moiloa said ’Malehlohonolo’s first bail ended on Tuesday and she was therefore supposed to be remanded in custody.
However, because the court does not see her as a flight risk because of her illness, it was extended to June 24 when she will be sentenced.

On the other hand, Justice Moiloa said with Scott, the court threw away all the evidence brought by him and the witnesses who testified on his behalf.
He said all they wanted was to convince the court that Scott was injected or punished by the police yet it was not true.
“While Scott was still in custody, he was visited by a lot of people and none of them came to the court to complain about the abuse (that was he was allegedly subjected to),” he said.
“I concluded that there were no substances that were used on him either through an injection like he said or being punished.”

He said when Scott was asked about these substances he claimed were used on him, he gave unreasonable answers and “I found he was just making up stories.”
He Scott narrated different stories when he was asked about the body parts.
“So I accept the evidence brought before the court that he voluntarily pointed out the body parts of the deceased without being punished or being injected by anything,” he said.

He further said “Scott took the court for granted” as he said was taken out of prison by “three ninjas” unknown to him and he was surprisingly in Durban when he came back to his senses as he was injected before they could take him.
He said from the evidence given by the Police Constable Lesaoana, Scott escaped from prison with the assistance of other people and the court believed that evidence.
“As a result Lehlohonolo is found guilty in all the counts,” he said.

Itumeleng Khoete

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