Lesotho Times

Security firm chief escapes with M2 000 fine

MASERU – A security company boss was lucky to escape with a M2 000 fine last week after he undressed and severely assaulted his worker in Maseru two weeks ago.

Moeketsi Rafuthu, who is the boss of Lion Mount Security Services, assaulted Mohau Lesenyeho who was a security guard at the security firm.

The “accused did wrongfully, unlawfully and intentionally assault Mohau Lesenyeho by striking him with a sjambok all over the body with intent to cause grievous bodily harm,” read the charge sheet.

Prosecutor Motlalekhotso Mabula told the court that Rafutho arrived at Manonyane Centre where Lesenyeho was guarding.

Rafutho took Lesenyeho to the company’s offices at Carlton Centre within the city.

The prosecutor said after some discussion Rafuthu led Lesenyeho back to Manonyane where he ordered him to undress and assaulted him severely with a sjambok.

“Lesenyeho later escaped and ran to Pitso Ground police station where he sought refuge. He was naked,” said Mabula.

The police station is a few metres away from Manonyane Centre.

The prosecutor said the police later took Lesenyeho, who was bleeding to Queen Elizabeth II Hospital for medical treatment.

Rafutho told the court that he agreed with the prosecutor’s outline of facts and pleaded guilty to the charge.

He asked the court to be lenient with him. Rafutho said he had four children to look after and asked for a non-custodial sentence.

The court however found him guilty and sentenced him to years in prison or a fine of M2 000. He paid the fine and escaped a jail term

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