A young mother from Dzoroga village was on Friday last week charged with the death of her three months old baby and imprisoned to await trial.
Moeti Letsopa, 20 allegedly strangulated her baby to death two days after Christmas and buried him in a shallow grave before she fled the village to Kazungula where she was nabbed a week later.
The alleged murder came to light after people who knew Letsopa as a mother became suspicious about the whereabouts of her baby.
Police arrested her when she told conflicting stories regarding the whereabouts of the baby.
She however later led the police to the bush where the dead body of her son Kelvin, was exhumed from a shallow grave.
Meanwhile prosecution read to Letsopa the charge of murder but asked her not to plead as police continue with their investigations.
State Prosecutor, Sub Inspector Leselo Taboka, asked the court to remand the suspected killer behind bars.
“After the alleged murder, the accused ran away until she was nabbed sometime later, so we fear that should she be granted bail she might flee again or even temper with police investigations,” Sub inspector Taboka said.
Senior Magistrate Thebeetsile Mulalu however ordered the police to find out from Letsopa’s parents whether the woman would be welcome home should she be granted bail.
“We are going to keep you in custody until the police verify that you would be welcome home.
If there is animosity towards you police should find out if there is an optional place where you could stay while on bail.
Otherwise you are going to be remanded in custody for your own safety until then,” Senior Magistrate Mulalu said before he ordered that Letsopa be sent back to jail.1 comment