M3m Roma heist suspects remanded

By Nat Molomo

 

MASERU — Three suspects who are accused of master-minding a M3 million heist at the Roma Post Office were this week remanded in custody until they appoint lawyers to apply for bail at the High Court on their behalf.

Chief Magistrate ’Matankiso Nthunya told the suspects, Sekhoane Mosamo, 49, Tšeliso Mareka, 42, and Lehlohonolo ’Mote, 38, that her court did not have jurisdiction to hear their bail application.

The three suspects, who are from Lithabaneng, Ha-Tšosane and Motimposo in Maseru, did not have a legal counsel when they appeared before the chief magistrate on Tuesday.

They are alleged to have robbed the post office of over M3.2 million at gunpoint on July 24.

The money was meant for payment of old age pensions.

The suspects were not asked to plead but the court only read them the charge, which they said they understood.

They were also informed of their rights to legal representation.

They said they also understood they had a right to seek legal representation.

According to the indictment the crown alleges that on July 24 the men acting in “concert and in furtherance of a common purpose” unlawfully and intentionally threatened to shoot Lerumo Monethi, a Roma Post Office worker.

The men allegedly said they would shoot him if he resisted and they robbed him.

They will appear again in court on August 20.

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