MASERU – A 43-year-old Kapoko Letsie of Ha ‘Nelese in Maseru appeared before the Maseru Magistrate Court again on Monday to answer a murder charge.Letsie is charged with the attempted murder of his wife aged 40.This following the accused’s appearance before court on October 19 where the court ordered that he awaits trial in custody until he appears in court again.
It is alleged that October 17 the accused handed himself over to the Pitso Ground Criminal Investigation Department police explaining that late in the evening on October 14 he and the wife were having drinks with friends in one of the local bars.Letsie mentioned that upon their return home and readying to sleep, the wife left a note in their bedroom indicating that she was going somewhere. He said the wife took long to get back and he took it upon himself to look for her but to no avail.It is then that he went to look outside and failing locate her outside he took a decision to stay outside.
Letsie mentioned that after hours of waiting he saw the wife approaching with an unknown man.The accused told the police that he then shot at them but unfortunately he shot his wife while the man ran for his life. He said he took the wife to hospital where she was admitted in critical condition.It is at the scene of the incident that the police found a shell of a 9mm gun. When handing himself to the police, Letsie also handed over his 9mm gun and 10 rounds of ammunition.
The accused has legal rights of ownership to the said gun.Police reports further reveals that days before the said incidence, Letsie had gone to Ha Thetsane where his other wife and kid stay, it was late in the evening and the two were already sleeping.The accused ordered the wife to open up for him he wants to see the kid. When the wife refused, it is then that he shot and destroyed the woman’s car.
After the incident he handed himself to Thetsane police. The wife said she is not pressing charges but only wanted the accused to fix her car.Speaking on the matter, LMPS spokesperson Senior Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli highlighted that the two incidents happened just a short time apart, proof that Letsie’s ownership of a firearm was becoming a danger not only to members of the public but to himself too.Letsie’s shot wife is still in a critical condition in hospital and is unable to speak.