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Slain LEC auditor’s wife sues police

Tefo Tefo

THE wife of the slain Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC) auditor, Thibello Nteso’s wife, ‘Malehlohonolo Nteso, has filed a M5 million lawsuit against the police for damages resulting from his death.

Mr Nteso, who was the LEC’s head of internal audit department, was shot and killed allegedly by some members of the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) next to the residence of the former Commissioner of Police, Molahlehi Letsoepa, on 6 February 2017.

Four police officers appeared before the Magistrate’s Court on 12 January this year to face charges of murdering Mr Nteso.

The four police officers are police constables Moeketsi Dlamini (38) from Ha Mofoka and Monaheng ’Musi (30) from Ha Motsepa in Thaba-Tseka, Inspector Thaele Ramajoe (45) from Koabata in Berea and Superintendent Tlala Phatela (52) from Ha Phatela in Qacha’s Nek.

They face an additional charge of malicious damage to property for allegedly damaging Mr Nteso’s vehicle.

Ms Nteso has since filed a lawsuit in the High Court demanding M5 598 681.80 from the Commissioner of Police, Attorney General and police constables Dlamini and ‘Musi.

Ms Nteso says of that amount, M5 453 503.50 is for loss of support while M145 178.30 is for costs paid to the forensic investigator she hired after her husband’s murder.

She also wants M80 000 for the repairs for the vehicle that was damaged when her husband was shot and killed and a further M100 000 for damages and contumelia (damage to one’s integrity).

Mr Nteso was shot once in the hip area and the same bullet also penetrated the other leg.

The constables claimed they had suspected a plot to attack the former police commissioner after they noticed a firearm-holder in the late Mr Nteso’s car which was parked near Mr Letsoepa’s residence.

They said at around 8pm on the day, they saw the car leaving and fired some shots to stop Mr Nteso, who was driving away from the residence of the LEC corporate secretary, who lives near the former police commissioner’s residence.

The late Mr Nteso, it is alleged, was at the corporate secretary’s residence to work on a forensic audit report.

The other two suspects in the murder case, Inspector Ramajoe and Superintendent Phatela, allegedly ordered the cover-up of the murder by tampering with the crime scene.

Apart from police investigations, the Nteso family had last year engaged a private investigator and a private pathologist as they did not trust that the police investigations would be transparent.

The late Mr Nteso’s young brother, Tankiso Nteso had earlier said, findings by the private investigator had shown a possibility that his brother’s killing was linked to his work.

The late Mr Nteso had presented to his company, preliminary findings of a forensic audit, which showed that more than M170 million was embezzled from LEC.

 

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