Scott to appeal life sentences

Scott to appeal life sentences

MASERU-Lehlohonolo Scott who was on Tuesday slapped with two life sentences and a further five years for murder is set to appeal against the sentences.

His lawyer Advocate Thulo Hoeane said they are not satisfied with the sentence.

Hoeane is also the lawyer for Scott’s mother, ’Malehlohonolo, in the same case in which she too was found guilty.
’Malehlohonolo however received a lesser sentence because of her ill health.

High Court judge Justice Teboho Moiloa sentenced ’Malehlohonolo to a suspended 10-year prison term.
The mother and son were found guilty of butchering two teenagers in Koalabata in 2012, whose dismembered bodies were found in dongas and in a toilet pit.

Scott’s additional five-year sentence on top of two life sentences was for escaping from prison.
Advocate Hoeane told the court that Scott “was not alone in his action and he was influenced by highly powerful people”.
He however could not disclose their names.

Justice Moiloa said it was too late for that point to be raised because Scott had a chance to explain what transpired but failed to do so.
He said were it not because of the extradition treaty between Lesotho and South Africa which imposed a condition that Scott’s life should be spared, he would have sentenced him to death.

Scott, the judge said, will serve his full prison term without any option of parole.

As for ’Malehlohonolo, Justice Moiloa said she will be punished by God as her health condition did not allow her to be in prison.
Justice Moiloa told ’Malehlohonolo that if she ever commits the same crime again, the suspension of her sentence will be cancelled.

“You are a parent and you are responsible for showing proper upbringing to your son,” he said.
“You will account for your deeds to God. You should have thought of the pain of the victims’ families,” the judge further said.

’Malehlohonolo was helped into the court by her other son as she could not stand on her own.
The judge said if ’Malehlohonolo’s health was not that bad, he would have sentenced her to life imprisonment too.

“I commit you to God to do as he sees fit and as He pleases,” he said.

Itumeleng Khoete

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