MASERU - A police Sergeant who is testifying as an accomplice witness in the case in which the late head of LEC internal audit was allegedly gunned down by police says he was ordered to shoot with the deceased man’s firearm to cover up for his two colleagues who had shot him.
Sgt Tamako of the police Special Operations Unit (SOU) told the High Court today that he was ordered to carry out the directive by his superior officer, Superintendent Tlala Phatela.
Phatela is charged along with Senior Inspector Thaele Ramajoe and Police Constables; Dlamini Moeketsi as well as Monaheng ’Musi for the murder of Thibello Nteso on February 6, last year.
The incident, the court heard allegedly occurred near the former Police Commissioner Molahlehi Letsoepa’s residence in Maseru West.
Tamako told the court that Phatela instructed him to take Nteso's 9mm pistol which was found in his vehicle and shoot with it.
He said earlier that night, Phatela had called him on his cell phone, instructing him to attend an incident that had occurred near Letsoepa’s home.
Upon arrival at the scene, he said he found other police officers already there. He said there was a maroon vehicle that was parked near the gate.
He said there were blood stains on the car and the body of a man later identified as Nteso was closeby.
The court heard how after carrying out Phatela’s order, Tamako returned a spent cartilage from Nteso’s gun to Phatela who was also at the scene.
The case continues before Acting Justice Moroke Mokhesi.