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Husband stabs ‘rival’ to death

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‘Mantoetse Maama

Bloody-knifeA 37-year-old man from ‘Melikane in Qacha’s Nek was allegedly stabbed to death on Sunday morning by a 27-year-old suspect who accused him of having an affair with his wife.

According to the District Commissioner of Qacha’s Nek Police, Senior Superintendent Hlalele Rampai, the suspect was arrested on Monday and would appear in court once investigations are completed.

“Police preliminary investigations have revealed that the two men were at a party and at around 1am, the suspect accused the now-late 37-year-old of having an adulterous affair with his wife. He then attacked and stabbed the man with a knife, and the victim died at the scene of crime, leading to the suspect’s arrest,” Senior Superintendent Rampai said.

Senior Superintendent Rampai, who urged communities not to take the law into their own hands but to seek help from the police or even relatives in case of such domestic disputes, on Tuesday told the Lesotho Times the suspect would be charged with murder.

“We are continuing with our investigations, and the suspect will appear in court once the case is ready for prosecution,” Senior Superintendent Rampai said.

Meanwhile, a 40-year-old man from Qacha’s Nek was allegedly stoned to death by two men who had found him in possession of their livestock on 31 March.

According to Senior Superintendent Rampai, the victim was herding the livestock when he was confronted by the suspects

“Investigations have revealed that the suspects, aged 23 and 27, found the now-deceased herding their livestock late at night, and had not seen the animals since early that day. It was not clear whether the victim was taking the livestock to the chief or what because he was attacked before he could give his side of the story.

“The victim was beaten and then stoned to death, and one of the suspects was arrested on the night of the tragedy. The other one was arrested the following day, and they should be appearing in court this week,” Senior Superintendent Rampai said on Tuesday.

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