MASERU – Poulo Ngatana of Tsekong, in the Thaba-Tseka district, appeared before the area magistrate court on March 16 to answer a charge of the murder of his 55-year-old father. Poulo, who works in South Africa, will appear again in court on March 31.
Police reports indicate that leading to the murder, the suspect’s parents had been involved in a brawl and in which the mother sustained injuries and a broken hand; further revealing the deceased refused to pay for the assaulted mother’s hospital fees.
Upon hearing of the incident Poulo is reported to have confronted his father to inquire about the assault add his (father) refusal to pay the said fees, a conversation that also resulted in a brawl in which the suspect beat up his father with a cudgel and stabbed him with a knife.
Meanwhile, Motšelisi Mohlotsane (19) of Khohlo Ntšo, also in Thaba-Tseka, appeared before the district’s magistrate on March 20 accused of concealment of birth. She was sentenced to two years in jail or to pay a M2 000, half of this judgement was suspended.
Police say Mohlotsane on March 13 gave birth to a baby boy, following her two day before taking pills to terminate her pregnancy – she gave birth at 0900hrs at night. Mohlotsane, who is still a student, was admitted to hospital where she was discharged on March 19 March.
Reports indicate the girl had resorted to terminating her pregnancy because of her fear of her parents, she had been impregnated by a fellow student; the two had conspired to abort the child because they felt they were too young to raise a baby, and also did not want hinder their studies by becoming parents, police said.