MASERU — A 19-year-old woman from Lithoteng in Maseru was found hanging on a tree near Ntširele cemetery last Saturday. Police spokesperson Masupha Masupha said the police were investigating whether the woman was murdered or committed suicide. “A woman was found dead hanging from a tree near the cemetery on Saturday morning by some members of the public,” Masupha said. “The woman was discovered by villagers on Saturday morning near Ntširele cemetery hanging lifeless from a tree with a rope around her neck.”
The deceased had no bruises or wounds on her body. He said the deceased had not been reported missing by her relatives before she died.
The mother of the deceased, Motšelisi Makhutla, said the family was not yet ready to talk about the death of their daughter. “We don’t have details of what actually happened but the police said they were investigating the case,” Makhutla said. “We think after the post-mortem results we can be able to talk to you.” In a separate incident, a 19-year-old woman from Khubetsoana was two weeks ago charged with violating the Children’s Protection and
Welfare Act 2011 after she allegedly abandoned her one-year-old daughter for days while on a drinking binge. The woman, who appeared in the Maseru Magistrate’s Court on September 3, was accused of leaving her child alone without anyone taking care of her. Villagers had in the past complained to the police that the woman often left her baby unattended to go for drinks. “It is against the law for a woman to leave her child saying the father of the child is refusing to support her,” he said. The woman was sentenced to two months in prison or pay a fine of M2 000. The sentence was suspended on condition she performs community service.
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