Ex-convict  kidnaps woman, demands M5 million ransom

Ex-convict kidnaps woman, demands M5 million ransom

MASERU – THATO Busakoe, a rape convict who was released on parole, is wanted by the police after he allegedly kidnapped a woman on Saturday morning before demanding a ransom of M5 million.
Busakoe is said to have kidnapped ’Mankone Nkone, 42, at around 4am after he broke into her house.
Nkone was found by the search party made up of the villagers and the police atop Berea Plateau on Monday morning with serious stab wounds.
She said Busakoe stabbed her with a knife.

Nkone, who was kept prisoner for two days, is said to have had difficulty expressing herself when she was found.
She is recovering at Queen ’Mamohato Memorial Hospital.
It is not clear if Busakoe was armed or not when he abducted Nkone.

Busakoe and Nkone are neighbours in Koalabata where their houses are separated by a barbed wire.
Nkone is widowed while Busakoe’s marital status is not known to the Koalabata chief, ’Makhomo Makoanyane.
Busakoe is originally from Semonkong. He moved into Koalabata more than 10 years ago.
Police spokesman Inspector Mpiti Mopeli said the paroled rape convict and Nkone allegedly had a love affair.
Nkone had visited Busakoe at night and returned to her house at midnight. He however followed her in the early hours of the morning and broke into her house.

Busakoe then kidnapped Nkone.
Neighbours told thepost that they did not hear anything when Nkone was abducted.
However, they said Busakoe later called Nkone’s father and told him he wanted M5 million or else he would never see his daughter again.
When he was told that the family could not raise that huge amount, Busakoe reduced the ransom dramatically to M5 000.

He later reduced it again to a mere M500, which he said should be deposited into his number through Vodacom’s M-Pesa.
The neighbours called the Mabote police after Busakoe called Nkone’s father demanding the ransom.
A member of the village crime prevention group, (Mahokela) ’Makatleho Letsosa, said they had launched a search party to look for Nkone.
The police later joined the search party, which took two days.

According to a spokesperson of mahokela, Motlalepula Nkhabu, the victim was found with serious stab wounds. She was also dehydrated and tired.
“The villagers had searched all over the place but could not spot any sign of Nkone and Busakoe,” Nkhabu said.
“This gives an impression that they had hid themselves,” he said.

Letsosa said they “tried by all means to search for the victim along the dongas with the help of police but we did not find her’’.
They only got an idea of where she could be after asking for help from a local cellular phone company, which said the phone signal was somewhere above the Sepinare village on the other side of the Berea Plateau.

One of the villagers who was in the search party met some young herd boys who said they had “seen a naked man and woman on the mountain”.
The villagers and the police went to the area and found Nkone alone, wounded, bleeding and dehydrated.
The Koalabata chief, ’Makhomo Makoanyane, condemned the rogue behavior of youths in her village saying they were giving the village a bad name.

Makoanyane expressed concern at the high number of women who are victims of violent crime. “They are being raped and murdered mercilessly,” Makoanyane said. She urged widowed women to stop having love affairs with youths because they degrade them.

Tokase Mphutlane

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