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Mentally ill man battered to death with spade

’Mantoetse Maama


MASERU — A suspected mentally ill man was battered to death with a spade after he sneaked into a house at night in Ha-Mohlaetoa in Teya-teyaneng last Saturday.

Police spokesperson Thato Ramarikhoane said the man had first gone into a house which he found unlocked.

Instead of entering the house, the police said he took the house key and tested it on neighbours’ doors until one of the doors swung open. He then sneaked inside.

The owner was not inside the house at the time.

“It is alleged that the deceased who stays in Ha-Mohlaetoa went to some rented houses located in Lehcoop. He went to one of the houses that was not locked as the owner was expecting a visitor,” Ramarikhoane said.

When the owner of the house came back at around 11pm he found the man inside the house with his clothes scattered all over the floor.

The owner of the house then picked a spade and smashed the mentally challenged man on the head.

Neighbours then called the police who found the man lying in a pool of blood.

The police took the man’s body to the local morgue.

“It is alleged that the deceased was mentally challenged,” Ramarikhoane said.

The suspected killer was arrested at the scene.

He is in police custody and is expected to appear in court soon to answer a charge of murder.

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