DOUBLE murder convict, Lehlohonolo Scott, who is serving two life sentences has asked the High Court to assist him to secure the services of a free lawyer in order to appeal his hefty jail term at the Appeal Court.
Nov. 15, 2022
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Scott wants a free lawyer
Double murder convict, Lehlohonolo Scott
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Scott who represented himself in court on Monday argued that the Registrar of the High Court refuses to provide him with a lawyer who will offer pro deo services.
But an unmoved Justice Molefi Makara warned Scott that it would be premature and unfair for the court to conclude that the Registrar does not want to assist him (Scott).
The judge attributed the registrar’s attitude to the poor financial state of the judiciary, adding that he was fully aware of how desperate the Registrar was to ensure the delivery of justice in the country.
He encouraged Scott to remain faithful and optimistic that his time to secure the services of a state-paid lawyer will soon arrive.
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He acknowledged that in spite of the atrocities he committed, Scott is still human and has a right to appeal and fair trial.
“The court is there to protect such rights,” Justice Makara also said, postponing the matter to November 22, to give room for the situation to be addressed.
Scott was convicted of the 2012 murders of his two young neighbours - Moholobela Seetsa and Kamohelo Mohata - in January and July 2012 respectively.
The two separate but related incidents occurred in their home village of Koalabata, Berea. - Metro/LeNA