Two charged over M40 000 robbery

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MASERU — Two men appeared in the Maseru Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on a charge of armed robbery.

Monyane Molibeli, 31, and Phafa Rafats’e, 25, were charged for allegedly robbing Lipene Lejakane of M40 000 in cash, four cell phones and a laptop.

The court heard that Molibeli and Rafats’e stormed Lejakane’s home in Ha-Thetsane on January 9 2009 before fleeing with cash and other valuables.

Lipene Lejakane’s wife, ‘Malebohang Lejakane, told the court that the two demanded money and threatened to shoot them if they refused to comply.

“We were at home when I heard a door being forcibly opened. I was in the bathroom and I went out to check what was happening.

“I saw four men in the house and one of them was wearing an All Basotho Convention party bandana,” ‘Malebohang said.

Even after they had complied and handed over some cash, ‘Malebohang said the suspects had threatened to shoot them after they accused them of hiding some money.

“Accused One (Molibeli) was wearing a bandana which fell from his face and Accused Two (Rafats’e) slapped me on the face. They said I was lying and that there was still money we were hiding,” she said.

‘Malebohang said she saw Molibeli stuffing about M10 000 into a handbag.

“They took my two cell phones and two others which belonged to my husband with the laptop. They also took two gold watches and my ring.

“They drove off in my white twin cab. Accused Two (Rafats’e) slapped me and I fell down. He said I was lying, saying that there was money.

“They threatened to abduct my child but Ntate Lejakane gave them his bank cards and the pin numbers,” she said.

She said the car was later found by the police abandoned at Lekhaloaneng in Maseru.

“The laptop and Ntate Lejakane’s phone was found. I was called by the police to come and identify the laptop. It was a black Toshiba laptop,” she said.

“We realised that it was M40 000 after returning from the police while rechecking how much money was missing. We had reported that it was over M35 000 to the police,” she said.

‘Malebohang said the armed robbers had spent at least three hours at her house and she recognised the robbers as it was not dark.

The case is before Magistrate Senekal Qobolo and crown counsel is Qinimutsi Tshabalala.

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