Nteso murder trial judgement deferred

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By Itumeleng Koleile

A judgement that was set to be handed down yesterday, on the ghastly murder of the Lesotho Electricity Company general auditor, Thibello Nteso was deferred due to new evidence that prosecution insists cannot be evaded surfacing in the killing.

Advocate Naki Nku, for the prosecution, pleaded with the court to postpone the judgement on account that the newly discovered evidence should be looked into in the interest of justice.

She said the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions last Friday informed her that there has been evidence that was suppressed by one of the witnesses.

“I deemed it significant to inform the court so that the judge makes an informed decision in the interest of justice.

“I did not want to suppress anything upon being informed,” she said.

She, however, said she cannot delve into the details of the alleged evidence.

Although Justice Moroke Mokhesi agreed to postpone the judgement, he said he is worried that somebody who had not attended the court proceedings, referring to the Director of Public prosecutions Hlalefang Motinyane, comes up to say there has been suppression of some evidence.

He added that to him, it sounds “entirely odd and very unprofessional” of advocate Nku to have stopped the reading of the judgement.

Justice Mokhesi ordered that advocate Nku files an application for reopening the case.

Nteso was gunned down and killed on the night of February 6, 2017, by the two members of the Lesotho Mounted Police Service who were guarding the residence of the former Police Commissioner, Molahlehi Letsoepa in Maseru West.

The two suspects who pleaded not guilty as they claimed they acted in self-defence are Police Constable Moeketsi Dlamini and Police Constable Monaheng ‘Musi.

The duo is represented by advocate Lebohang Ramakhula. They are charged with murder and malicious damage to property as they allegedly damaged the deceased’s vehicle on the night he was gunned down.

The two were initially charged with Superintendent Tlali Phatela and Senior Inspector Thaele Ramajoe who were initially charged with tampering with the crime scene.

They were later acquitted as there was not enough evidence linking them to the crime.

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