The ‘silly’ men killing their wives for money

The ‘silly’ men killing their wives for money

MASERU-Five people have recently ensured the murder of their spouses or helped in the act in an attempt to claim life insurance payouts.
The five are now behind bars awaiting their murder trials.

In the first case, a Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) member, Moeketsi Koloti, 31, appeared before the Maseru magistrate on Monday facing a charge of murdering his wife.
Koloti of Ha-Ranthethi in Kolo, Mafeteng, was arrested last Thursday – two months after he allegedly killed his 30-year-old wife ’Maithabeleng.
He was living in Ha-Thetsane with his wife.

Koloti expected Alliance Insurance Company to pay him M120 000 when he claimed that his wife was murdered, as is the company’s policy, according to the prosecution.
Koloti is the one who raised the alarm about what he called the abduction of his wife by men who were in a sedan taxi locally known as a 4+1.

Koloti’s wife was found dead at Sethaleng with gunshot wounds on December 1 last year.
Police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli said their investigations showed that the relationship between the suspect and his wife had sharply deteriorated.

He said the suspect allegedly shot his wife and left her at Sethaleng near Maseru Mall and went home with her bag.
Superintendent Mopeli said the suspect took the wife’s phone and texted his phone pretending like it was his wife telling him that she was abducted by unknown men.
According to the charge sheet, Koloti shot his wife several times “all over the body and thus accused did commit the offence of murder”.

The case, which was before Magistrate Makopano Rantšo, was remanded to February 18 this year.
However, earlier on the same day that Koloti appeared before court, he confessed before the magistrate.
However, confession is confidential and it remains so between the suspect and the magistrate until it is revealed in open court.

Alliance Insurance Company’s Sales and Marketing Manager Limakatso Mokobocho said when Koloti opened the insurance policy in Mafeteng, he showed more interest on the part spelling out proceeds due if one’s spouse died of natural causes.

The policy says if a spouse of a principal member dies of an accident or is killed or dies of any unnatural causes the company will pay double the amount.
“He was not even concerned about other terms of the policy,” Mokobocho said at her office in Maseru, speaking to thepost.

Mokobocho said Koloti even asked whether the company would pay him if someone was shot or stabbed within a month of opening the policy.
She said Koloti was told that he would be paid if there are no suspicions that the person was murdered intentionally by the policy holder.

“That is because we help in accidents not in cases where someone was killed intentionally,” she said.
Mokobocho said Koloti was asked to give his employment number because the policies of civil servants are taken through a stop order.
She said Koloti made a promise that he would return and give them that number.
Mokobocho said Koloti did not come back but instead, he went to one of their offices in Maseru and asked about the same issues concerning the accident.

“Koloti was told that as soon as he has paid, the person he has insured is covered,” she said.
Mokobocho said Koloti paid and seven days later his wife was dead.
She said on the following day Koloti went to different offices making claims.
Mokobocho said Koloti was expecting to get M120 000.

She said Koloti visited the company’s offices every day asking for the insurance money, raising suspicions that led to the firm hiring a private investigator.
Mokobocho said during the course of investigations, it was discovered that Koloti’s story was full of holes and the company decided to hold on to the payment until investigations were completed.

Mokobocho said apart from Koloti, other people visited their offices asking when Koloti would be paid.
The company handed over results of the private investigator to the police.
The second case involves Joseph Tolotolo, a 35-year-old from Mazenod Ha-Lekhobanyane but currently staying in Lithabaneng Ha-Seleso in the southern outskirts of Maseru city.
Tolotolo appeared before the Maseru magistrate charged with murder on January 23 and will appear for the second time on February 23.

Tolotolo’s wife was found dead near the factory firms where she worked in Ha-Tsolo, Thetsane Industrial Area. Her body lay down naked. Tolotolo was also working at the same factories.
Police say their investigations revealed that Tolotolo murdered his wife because he wanted to claim M40 000 from a local insurance company.

He was due to get only M20 000 if the wife died of natural causes.
According to police spokesperson Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli, Tolotolo allegedly hired a man to kill his wife promising to reward him with M15 000 from the insurance money.
Superintendent Mopeli said the body of the woman was found with injuries on the head.

In a third case, two women and a man appeared before a Leribe magistrate in September facing charges of murder.
According to Superintendent Mopeli, the wife Puseletso Sebotsa, 35, asked her two friends ’Matseko Mabote, 32, and Rethabile Liholo, 26, to murder her husband so that she could collect insurance money.

“The wife promised to give both her friends M10 000,” Mopeli said.
Mopeli said the investigations show that Sebotsa asked her friend to help her murder her husband.
He said the friend agreed and poured brake fluid in the husband’s beer and Rethabile finished off the husband with a screw driver.

Makhotso Rakotsoane & Itumeleng Khoete

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