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Another Christmas in jail for girlfriend killer

Dec. 25, 2019 2 min read

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MASERU – Languishing in jail for the past seven years, the 2012 teenage murder suspect incarcerated for killing his girlfriend in a drunken ‘accidental’ knifing spends another Christmas in detention.

Lehlohonolo Khotso, now 24, awaits his fate at the Maseru Correctional Facility after a second postponement of his sentencing in two weeks.

On Monday last week the accused stood before presiding judge, Justice Thamsanqa Nomcqongo to hear the final verdict on his murder charge but was done another blow when the matter was deferred with the court saying judgement was not ready.

The prosecution has argued and rested their case and seek for the court to find Khotso guilty as charged and to be punished; while the defence says Khotso was under the influence of alcohol and dagga at the commission of the crime and did not, as a result, have the intention to kill his girlfriend.

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The defence wants the court to also consider that Khotso was only 19-years-old when he committed the crime, and to find him guilty of a lesser crime – culpable homicide and not murder.

The accused is alleged to have stabbed his girlfriend with a knife in February 12, 2012, in an incident that happened at Ha Morolong in the Berea district.

Justice Nomcqongo presides over the case while Advocate Sehloho Mathe appears for the prosecution – Attorney Khotso Nthontho represents the accused.

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