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Dec. 20, 2021

STAFF REPORTER

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Top cop seen molesting female colleague

Top cop seen molesting female colleague

DCP Paseka Mokete (in a blue suit)

Story highlights

  • Accused was seen chasing the female officer before he dragged her into his car
  • DCP Mokete ignored lead investigator’s questions during the investigation of the case

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THE Maseru Magistrate’s Court on Thursday admitted as part of evidence the statements of Motloang Moima and Selibe Mochoboroane in a matter in which Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Paseka Mokete is accused of sexually assaulting a junior female police officer.

In both statements, the two witnesses claim to have seen the complainant standing near a white car which was parked outside the Parliament before she ran away from the vehicle a few minutes later.

Mochoboroane is the Minister Development Planning.

It is the Crown’s case that sometime in April; Mokete touched the female Inspector’s buttocks without her consent and tore her uniform when she objected to his advances.

Evidence before court further shows that Mokete also forcefully dragged the woman who was trying to flee from him into his car.

The incident allegedly occurred at the National Assembly premises.

The witnesses further agree to have seen Mokete chasing the female police officer before he forced her into his car.

The court admitted the two statements after it had heard the evidence of the lead investigator, Detective Inspector Motlohi who testified that after he received the case from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), he among others sought an explanation from Mokete who refused to answer his questions.

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The court heard how Motlohi thereafter charged the senior police officer before he told him to report himself to court on a certain date.

Mokete is currently on bail on condition that he attends all remand hearings, stands trial to finality and does not interfere with Crown witnesses.

The case that is before Senior Resident Magistrate Peter Murenzi, is scheduled to proceed on Tuesday. LeNA/Metro

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