A 24-year-old man appeared before the Mohale’s Hoek Magistrate’s Court on Friday last week for
allegedly killing his mother and her lover.
The suspect, who is from Ha-‘Mako in Mohale’s Hoek district, reportedly committed the cold-blooded double-murder last Sunday in a fit of rage after finding the two lovebirds in bed.
The woman was still married to the suspect’s father, who was allegedly at home at the time his wife was reportedly murdered, while the male victim was said to be widowed.
According to the Mohale’s Hoek District Commissioner of Police, Senior Superintendent ‘Matšepang Ramarikhoana, the suspect was arrested three days later following police investigations.
Senior Superintendent Ramarikhoana further said the suspect was remanded in custody and is expected back in the Mohale’s Hoek Magistrate’s Court on 1 August.
Narrating events that led to the arrest of the suspect, Senior Superintendent Ramarikhoana said: “On Monday afternoon (14 July), we received a report from Taung Maralleng in Ha ‘Mako village about two people who had been found dead in a certain house. The deceased were a man aged 45 years and a woman aged 44, and both had multiple open wounds on their heads. The deceased were in the home of the male victim.
“The deceased were lying on the same bed. The incident was reported by the brother of the deceased man, who had gone to check on his sibling on Monday afternoon after he had not seen him since morning the previous day.
“The other villagers interviewed by the police said they had last seen the now-deceased on Sunday, while they
were drinking beer at a certain bar in the area.”
Senior Superintendent Ramarikhoana said the now-deceased woman stayed in the same village with her husband and children, while the man’s wife was late and he was now staying alone.
“The woman’s husband was at home and he was called to the scene of the crime by the police. He was taken in for questioning by the police but he seemed to be unaware of what had happened. However, he had not reported his wife missing
yet he had last seen her on Sunday,” she said.
Senior Superintendent Ramarikhoana said during police investigations, it was discovered that the son might be involved, leading to his arrested on 16 July.
“He appeared before the Mohale’s Hoek Magistrate’s Court facing two charges of
murder and was remanded in custody.
“He will appear in court again on 1 August, and would also be expected to apply for bail in the High Court because of the nature of the crime he is being accused of,” she said.