Villager beaten to death over suspected bestiality

MASERU – A 29-year-old man from Mapoteng was allegedly beaten to death by angry villagers after he was accused of bestiality.

Police spokesman Masupha Masupha said the man was assaulted after he was caught having sex with a goat on March 5.

“The deceased was seen by some villagers raping the goat. The villagers reported the matter to the local chief who asked eight men aged between 20 and 58 from his village to bring the man to him,” Masupha said.

“The suspects went to the deceased and took him to the scene where they claimed he had been spotted raping the goat,” he said.

The man was beaten with sticks and other weapons until he died.

The suspects were arrested after the incident while the chief is reportedly still at large. Police said they are still investigating the murder.

In a separate incident, a 39-year-old man was beaten to death by an angry mob on Saturday after he was caught breaking into a neighbour’s house.

The police, who said the deceased had bruises all over his body, are still investigating the incident.

In Ha-Mofoka, a 43-year-old man escaped death by a whisker after his house was set on fire on Saturday.

The man sustained serious burns all over the body.

Police said the house was set alight after the man had a fierce dispute with his 32-year-old wife.

The house and furniture were reduced to ashes.

Police are investigating the case.

Meanwhile, a 42-year-old woman from Ha Ramaqanyane suffered injuries after she was beaten up by her 20-year-old son.

According to a police report the suspect was called to a disciplinary meeting by his relatives after his mother complained about his bad behaviour.   

After the family meeting, the man then attacked his mother after all relatives had left the house.

In Semonkong four men aged between 24 and 44 are facing murder charges after they allegedly killed four men for alleged stock theft.

“The suspects accused the deceased of stock-theft and decided to kill the them without first reporting the matter to the police,” Masupha said.

The four were allegedly beaten with sticks, whips and other weapons. The suspects appeared in court on March 1.

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