Parliament officer found dead

parliamentBy ’Mantoetse Maama

MASERU — A senior Parliament employee was found lying dead in a pool of blood on Monday afternoon in his office.

The 29-year-old who was the National Assembly’s chief legal officer had a gunshot wound on top of the right ear.

He is suspected to have committed suicide but police are still investigating other possibilities.

Police spokesperson Thato Ramarikhoane, said a 9mm gun containing seven bullets was found next to the body.

“When police searched the place two bullets and shells were found on the floor,” Ramarikhoane said.

He said on the same day an officer from the Lesotho Correctional Services (LCS) reported that his 9mm gun had been stolen from his office.

Ramarikhoane said the deceased had earlier visited the LCS official at his office and asked him to show him how to use a gun.

“The officer went to his colleague to borrow a gun to come and to show him how it is used,” he said.

“After showing him the officer was called to another office by his senior and he left the deceased in the office. To his surprise when he came back from a meeting the man had left and his firearm was taken from a table drawer where he had left it,” he said.

He said the correctional officer tried to call the man but his phone was not available.

Ramarikhoane said the firearm that was found at the scene was the one that had been stolen from the LCS officer.

 

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