Nov. 22, 2022


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Soldiers deny clubbing woman to death

Soldiers deny clubbing woman to death

The High Court of Lesotho

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    Prosecution claims there is evidence that the accused bludgeoned deceased with a spade
    Soldiers are prepared to provide proof to exonerate themselves

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THE three soldiers accused of bludgeoning a Qacha’s Nek woman to death with a spade over six years ago say they had nothing to do with the murder, promising to soon provide evidence that will vindicate them.

Corporal Motsieloa, Private Koloti, and Private Moeti who have professed their innocence are out on bail.

The trio was initially charged together with Private Choacho who has since been let off the hook.

Charges against Choacho were dropped after the prosecution could not find any evidence linking him to the murder.

The accused will finally have their day in court in May next year when their trial commences.

The case was on Monday this week postponed by High Court judge, Justice ’Mafelile Ralebese as witnesses in the matter who are from Qacha’s Nek were unable to come to court because there were no allowances for their transport and accommodation.

The trial will be heard from May 22 – 26, 2023.

Justice Ralebese said the government is under a serious financial strain, hopeful that things will turn out for the better next year.

“I hope that by May next year, there will be enough funds allocated for a special criminal session scheduled for April to June by the High Court,” the judge also said.

It is alleged that on February 28, 2016, in Ha Molomo, Qacha’s Nek, the accused military men assaulted ’Mamoleboheng Basele with whips before bludgeoning her to death with a spade.  

After their subsequent arrest by the police, the three were released on extended bail by the High Court.

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The prosecution in its opening submissions this week pointed out that in due course, it will provide evidence that will show how the accused acting in cahoots and in varying degrees participated in the fatal assault on Basele.  

For its part, the defence submitted that the accused were in court for a crime they did not commit, adding that they will soon provide evidence that will absolve them.

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