The husband, 35, told the police that he had gone to sleep with his wife after beating her up only to wake up the following morning to find her dead.
In disbelief, he claimed he had tried to wake her up but almost lost his mind when she could not turn.
According to the police, the murder suspect from Thabana Morena village beat his 30-year-old wife with a stick when he found her drinking on Saturday last week. “Both the wife and husband were drunk,” police spokesperson Inspector Thato Ramarikhoane said.
Police found part of the couple’s blankets soaked with blood. The dead woman sustained injuries all over her body and had severe wounds on her head.
Police are still waiting for a post-mortem report to confirm suspicions that it was the head injuries that could have caused her
Ramarikhoane said the suspect, who was apparently still in a state of shock, rushed to the home of the local headman to report that there was something wrong with his wife. The case was reported to the police after the headman, upon checking on the victim, realised she was dead.
“We have since interviewed the suspect and charged him with murder. He appeared before the Mafeteng Magistrates’ Court on
Thursday, where he was remanded in custody pending his bail application with the High Court,” Ramarikhoane said.
He said investigations had shown the husband had not been happy when he returned from drinking beer on the night of September 7, and found his wife not at home.
“The suspect followed her to a place where traditional Sesotho beer was sold and found her also drunk.” Ramarikhoane said the two had argued on their way home. “When they got home, the husband confessed he beat his wife with a stick but did
not mean to kill her.”