MASERU — He was not happy that his 70-year-old mother had asked him to take their cattle to the grazing fields.
In a fit of rage the 38-year-old son turned on his mother and began assaulting her with a stick until she died.
The old woman was beaten to death in Quthing last Thursday.
Police spokesperson Masupha Masupha confirmed the incident.
“The deceased asked her son to send the cattle to the grazing fields.
“The suspect started hitting his mother with a stick until she died,” Masupha said.
He said the suspect was arrested immediately after the incident.
In Mafeteng, a 36-year-old man died after taking poison following a heated argument with his wife two weeks ago.
According to a police report, the man initially tried to torch the family home but was stopped by neighbours.
“He tried to torch their house but neighbours came and quickly doused the flames,” Masupha said.
While they were trying to stop the fire the man took poison and died a few minutes later.
The police say they are investigating the case.
In Leribe, a 61-year-old man was beaten to death two weeks ago after he was allegedly found raping a young girl.
The girl’s age could not be verified.
The police said two suspects aged 17 and 25 had been arrested in connection with the murder.
The suspects told the police they caught the 61-year-old man in the act of raping their relative.
“The suspects said they found the deceased raping their relative and started hitting him with sticks,” Masupha said.
Meanwhile, Masupha said they have launched a crackdown on the use of knives during the festive season.
“We are going to search both males and females because we have also realised that women too carry knives,” Masupha said.
“We are not going to search for illegal firearms only but knives too,” he said.