Selosesha: A 31-year-old suspect, Lehlohonolo Joshua Tsiane also known as “Terata”, appeared in the Thaba-Nchu magistrate court yesterday (16 November 2017) on a charge of five counts of murder, Arson and he is also an illegal immigrant. He is originally from Ha Motanyane; Mafeteng; Lesotho. The case is postponed to 29 November 2017 for formal bail application while the suspect remain in custody.

It is alleged that on the 3rd of March 2017, the suspect arrived at the victim’s house in Thole; Ratau Extension; in Thaba-Nchu and an argument ensued. The suspect then left the shack and allegedly went to buy petrol. He allegedly poured petrol on the shack before setting it alight with all five people inside.

Moleboheng Rethabile Sepagela(8); Malehlohonolo Dimakatso Sepagela(6); Rethabile Augustinah  Ralebakeng(9) and Obakeng Junior Ralebakeng (8) lost their lives on the scene in that blaze, while Mmokgo Maria Sepagela (24) died later at the hospital.

Mmokgo managed to escape the burning shack to ask for assistance. Unfortunately she met her assailant who was still waiting outside. The suspect then hit her with a stick on the head before running away. The neighbour managed to call police who then summoned all role players to the scene. They then extinguished the fire and took Mmokgo to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries after six days.

It is alleged that suspect ran to Ladybrand where he broke into somebody’s house. He was later arrested and sentenced two years imprisonment on a charge of housebreaking. He is presently at Ladybrand prison where he was traced and arrested.

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