Maseru, Oct. 20 — The High Court will on Monday next week set down hearing dates for the Khetheng and Mahao murder trials before Justice Charles Hungwe.
This is after the cases failed to proceed on several occasions this year as a contract of appointment as acting judge of the High Court for the presiding judge had expired in August 2023 and was not immediately renewed.
Upon his return, the judge dealt with some of the pending issues in both matters such as availability of transcribed records of proceedings. The prosecution has requested for the records following change of prosecutors as Advocates Shaun Abrahams and Motene Rafoneke who were prosecuting the matters withdrew their services.
The Registrar of the High Court has indicated that they only have an audio of the records adding that it will take over six months to have the records transcribed. The prosecution, which complained that the audio provided to them is not audible was advised to find ways to have the record transcribed so that the cases can proceed soon.
The Court was also served with bail applications from the accused in both matters. The defence are in the applications complaining about lack of commitment to prosecute the matters.
The accused in the Khetheng murder are four members of the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS). They are accused of killing Police Constable Mokalekale Khetheng who died in 2016.
In the Mahao murder, nine members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) including Former Army Commander Tlali Kamoli are alleged to have killed Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao on June 25 2015 at Ha Lekete in Mokema.