BY: Mosoaboli Mohlomi
MASERU: Morija Police have filed an intention to oppose bail of Rauoe Monakalali (26) and two others who are facing a charge of murder of a woman who was found dead in a donga at the village of Reise Makeneteng, Morija four months ago.
Rauoe Monakalali (26), Mothetho Potieane (24) and ’Moleli Potieane (22) who live in the same village with the victim are suspected to have murdered the woman while on her way to her home from Mafeteng.
According to Morija police they fear that the relatives of the victim might retaliate.
Senior Inspector Bothata ‘Nei officer commanding Morija said this is one of the heinous murders which had occurred in his area of policing.
“We suspect that the victim was strangled and raped by the perpetrators,” S/Insp. ‘Nei said .
He furthered said the grocery which was carried by the woman was found scattered all over at the scene.
He added that they held several operations after the killing of the victim an invited community in particular crime prevention community members to assist them with information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators.
“We got the information, followed it and finally apprehended the two suspects. Two 9 mm pistols suspected to have been used in this crime have been send to police ballistics for examination,” S/Insp. ’Nei said.
He said the situation is calm, but police would hold a public gathering to prevent crime and make public aware that they should not take law into their hands.