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Further delay in trial of nurses’ suspected killer

 

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A MAZENOD man accused of brutally killing two nurses three months ago will make his next court appearance on 17 November 2014.

Setsokotsane Majalle (20) of Ha-Lekhobanyane village in Mazenod was arrested on 19 October for the alleged murder of Mpho Khutšoane and ‘Mathebane Ramataboe on 12 August. The two had been attending a workshop in Thaba-Bosiu.

Majalle first appeared before the Maseru Magistrate’s Court on 21 October and was remanded in custody pending his next court appearance on 3 November. However, Magistrate Monyake Hlabanyane postponed trial to 17 November to allow further police investigations, while also informing Majalle of his right to apply for bail at the High Court.

According to the charge-sheet, Majalle is facing two counts of murder and one of robbery.

Part of the charge-sheet reads: “The accused is charged with contravening provisions of Section 40 (1) read with Section 109 of the Penal Code Act of 2010, in that on 12 August 2014, and at or near Thaba-Bosiu, Ha-Mosalla in the district of Maseru, he unlawfully and intentionally assaulted Mpho Khutšoane by hitting her with a stone all over the body, inflicting upon her serious injuries which later caused her death right on the spot.”

The second indictment relates to the death of Ramataboe under similar circumstances, while the robbery charge reads: “The accused threatened to use violence on Mpho Khutšoane in order to steal or obtain her property, a VW Golf car.

“The accused threatened that unless Khutšoane consented or refrained from offering any resistance, he would shoot her there and then.

“He then took the car, which was her property or in her lawful possession.”

Describing the crime scene where the crushed bodies of Khutšoane and Ramataboe were found, detectives who spoke to the Sunday Express’ sister publication, the Lesotho Times said the brutal nature of the killing had left them traumatised.

According to the detectives, the women were severely assaulted and their skulls crushed, before their bodies were dumped in the donga.

“There was a sharp, blood-soaked rock in the donga where the women were found, and what looked like brain-matter since their skulls had been crushed. We suspect the stone was used to smash those women’s faces because their heads were brutally crushed. This was one of the most brutal crime scenes I have ever attended and it left me very disturbed,” one of the investigators, who requested anonymity, said.

Another police investigator said: “When we searched the women, we were lucky to find a cell-phone with airtime and we used it to establish that the two were nurses who had been attending workshops at Khotsong and Mmelesi lodges in Thaba-Bosiu.”

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