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Chinese businessman killed in Mafeteng robbery

Limpho Sello

A CHINESE businessman based in the Mafeteng district was recently murdered and his body buried in a shallow grave in a case that has left the community shell-shocked.

The late Cho Yang Lin (34) was killed on 15 July 2018 at his National Drug Service Organisation rented home.

The police have since arrested one suspect who is assisting them with their investigations.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli said the robbers planned their attack based on information provided by the late Mr Lin’s driver who is now in police custody.

“Mr Lin’s wife, Li Wu reported the matter at Mafeteng Police Station and an investigation was launched leading to one of the suspects being apprehended and questioned,” Supt Mopeli said.

He said the robbers waited for Ms Wu to leave the house as per their normal routine whenever he was scheduled shop for wares for their shop in Motsekuoa in the Mafeteng district.

After Ms Wu’s departure between 8am and 9am, the three men, two of whom are still on the run, entered the house and killed Mr Lin. They reportedly took around M30 000 cash and left with his body and buried it in a field in Ha-Ramokoatsi about 7km outside Mafeteng.

Supt Mopeli said Ms Wu went back home after realising that her husband was unusually late. On arrival at home, she failed to locate him while his phone was not being answered.

She immediately made a report to the police and a search ensued. The police reportedly quizzed the guard at the residential complex who said he had not seen Mr Lin but had only seen the couple’s driver entering the complex.

The driver was subsequently arrested on Sunday evening and he led the police to the shallow grave where they had buried Mr Lin’s body.

“The suspect who was employed as the couple’s driver confessed to the police what they had done and led the officers to where they had buried the body on Monday. The body was exhumed and taken to the hospital mortuary for a postmortem which was done on Thursday in Maseru.”

Supt Mopeli said the 31-year-old driver from Roma is still in police custody as investigations are still ongoing.

Meanwhile, Police and Public Safety Minister ‘Mampho Mokhele has urged members of the Chinese business community to beef up its security because they carry large sums of money which makes them targets for criminals.

Ms Mokhele said this on her recent visit to Mafeteng where she passed her condolences to Ms Wu. She also asked for a progress report from the police on the investigations.

She lamented lack of resources for police which she said has hampered their work.

“Criminals are aware that we have no cars and that they can plan and execute their criminal activities well before the police arrive. However, that challenge will soon be addressed,” Ms Mokhele said.

She also said it was important for communities to revive community policing groups to curb rampant crime.

“Visibility of police officers is a very important part of police work so that criminals do not take advantage. So, I think it is high time that we revive community policing. This will enable communities to work together with the police to combat crime.

“However, resources are also required for community policing to be effective. There are areas where community policing is still active and these have relatively less crime,” Ms Mokhele said.

She also bemoaned the collapse of community policing groups due to political differences and urged communities to set aside their differences.

“If people can ignore their political differences and unite in their communities it is possible to fight crime. Even criminals are afraid of united people.”

A somber atmosphere engulfed the Ms Wu’s home when the Sunday Express visited her on Wednesday. She could hardly speak and wept uncontrollably.

 

 

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