Doctor in soup for rape


BEREA – A Tanzanian medical doctor who allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl from Ha Ntjabane was remanded in custody by the Berea Magistrate’s Court after he failed to pay M1, 000 bail and M25, 000 surety on December 12.

Dr. Daniel Deogratias Kiynga, 59, is a naturalised resident of Lesotho and works at the Sihaal Private Hospital in Ha Ntjabane, Berea. He is expected back in court as soon as police investigations have been completed.

Kiynga was arrested on allegations of sexually assaulting the 15-year-old girl who lives next to the hospital. It is alleged that Kiynga usually lures young girls to his home under the guise of helping him clean the house. It is further alleged that the young girl is not the only victim that Kiynga has since sexually molested under similar circumstances.

Initiation school death probed

BEREA – Police are investigating the death of a 39-year-old man from Ha Molemane who died at an initiation school on November 30 in Tlapaneng. The deceased is said to have arrived at the school on November 24 and escaped two days later.

After the man fled the school, his instructors and fellow initiates found him hiding among the rocks before they took him back to the school. The leaders of the school suspected that the man was possessed by a spiritual animal.

On November 27, the 61-year-old leader sought out the assistance of traditional healers, who are alleged to have tried to help the deceased but to no avail. Three days later, when police found the man’s body, it was covered with several bruises.

Three in court over society funds

LERIBE – Two men and a woman are expected to appear in the Leribe Magistrate Court soon on charges of armed robbery and attempted murder. The three include a 31-year-old man, another man aged 37, and another man (age unknown).

It is alleged that around 1 a.m. on November 20, the two men broke into the home of a 45-year-old woman from Ha Monyana, Peka, in Leribe. The intruders who were armed with guns are alleged to have tried to extort money from the house owner, but when she refused to comply, they allegedly shot her.

The men made away with the woman’s money, worth M34,600, which belonged to the woman’s savings scheme. The police investigations that ensued led to the apprehension of the three suspects on November 29.

Police findings reveal that Monyane orchestrated the crime. It also emerged that she was going to leave the scheme empty-handed because she owed a substantial amount of money. One of the suspects was found in possession of an unlicensed 9mm pistol with two rounds of ammunition upon his arrest. Police were able to recover M20,000 of the stolen money.

Driver fatally stabbed over passenger

MASERU – A taxi driver who allegedly stabbed another cab driver to death with a screwdriver after they quarrelled over a passenger appeared in the Maseru Magistrate’s Court on December 12. Bokang Mokheseng was charged with the murder of the 38-year-old man of Ha Fako.

It is alleged that on November 30, the two had an altercation over a passenger, and during the scuffle that ensued, Mokheseng fatally stabbed the other man with the screwdriver. The victim was, after the fight, taken to Queen ’Mamohato Memorial Hospital, where he was declared dead upon arrival.

Mokheseng later handed himself over to the Maseru Central Charge Office police, where he was formally arraigned.

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