MASERU — A 15-year-old boy from Maseru was arrested on Saturday for illegal possession of dagga.
Police spokesperson Masupha Masupha said the boy was arrested during a crackdown against illegal weapons.
“Police raided the bus stop area in Maseru in search of dangerous weapons and illegal firearms.
“During the search they caught a high school student who was found in illegal possession of dagga,” Masupha said.
“They boy had hidden the dagga in his school bag.”
The suspect told the police that he had bought the dagga from two men who were selling vegetables in the bus stop area.
Masupha said the police later raided the vegetable stall and arrested the two men for selling dagga.
The two then led the police to their house in Qoaling where more bags of dagga were found. It was not possible to know the value of the dagga seized during the operation.
The three were expected to appear in court this week to face charges of illegally dealing in prohibited drugs.
In Qacha’s Nek, a 16-year-old minor was arrested on Saturday for allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl.
“The young suspect met the victim together with other girls going to their village. When the girls saw him they began running away from him.
“He caught a 10-year-old girl, dragged her to the nearest bush and raped her,” Masupha said.
The suspect was later arrested and is still in police custody.
In Maseru, three men aged between 23 and 26 were arrested on Saturday for alleged armed robbery and house-breaking.
The police said the trio was wanted in connection with several cases of house-breaking and armed robbery in Maseru.
One of the suspects was found with a 9mm revolver.
Investigations are continuing.
In Ramohajane, a 25-year-old man was battered to death two weeks ago for alleged stock-theft.
Masupha said the man was found dead with his hands tied with a rope.
He had bruises all over the body.
“The villagers had no right to take the law into their own hands. They are going to be charged with murder,” Masupha said.
In Thetsane, a 48-year-old man was found dead in his house last Monday.
The man apparently succumbed to his injuries after he was beaten up by villagers in the area who accused him of stealing their livestock.
The man had bruises all over his body, Masupha said.