MASERU – Judgment in a child mutilation case against Chief Masupha Posholi of Ha Ralimpe in Semonkong and 10 other people has been postponed to August 3.
The ruling had to be postponed after Justice ‘Maseshope Hlajoane fell ill and could not make it to court to read the judgment.
Chief Posholi together with his co-accused are facing a charge of murder for allegedly mutilating a four-year-old girl from Ha Ralimpe for ritual purposes (muti) in March 1996.
A total of 20 people were initially charged in 1998 when investigations into the case commenced. The number dropped to 11 when court proceedings started in 2008, but only nine of the accused attended and these were taken into custody to ensure their future attendance.
Currently, seven of the accused remain in custody as two of them have died while in prison.
The crown counsel in the case is Advocate Hlalefang Motinyane and the defence counsel is Advocate Khosi Lesuthu. –– Lena.