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MAN (43) JAILED 30YRS FOR RAPING MINOR (13)

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MBABANE – A ‘wolf in sheep’s skin’ has been sentenced to 30 years without a fine option for stealing the virginity of a 13-year-old girl.


According to evidence that was presented before court, Fanukwente Maseko (43) took advantage of the minor after her grandfather had requested him to accompany her to a nearby homestead around Ezulwini.


It appeared that Maseko, who was well-known to the child’s grandfather, had initially volunteered to accompany the minor before her grandfather asked him to go with her as it was late. *Sindi was at her grandfather’s homestead to look for her guardian who was, however, reported to be in South Africa.


While on their way to Sindi’s relative, Maseko is said to have forced the minor into his one-room flat where he locked her in before raping her on  three different occasions.


In the first incident, Sindi revealed that she noticed some blood stains on the blankets when the offender switched on the light after raping her. The minor told the court that she never consented to the sexual intercourse with Maseko. “Maseko brought me some bananas before locking me in his house when he left for work the following morning,” she said.


She said she was locked in the house until her relatives, who were worried about her whereabouts, searched for her. At first, she said some men of the area came searching for her but they couldn’t locate her because the house was locked.
When the men later returned to Maseko’s house, Sindi said the perpetrator, who was naked at the time, dressed up and ordered her to hide under the bed.

 

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