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STATE ABANDONS HUNTER RAPE CASE AFTER 3 YEARS

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MBABANE – The State has abandoned prosecution in the rape matter against well-known private Investigator Hunter Shongwe.


This comes after the Mbabane Principal Magistrate Fikile Nhlabatsi dismissed the application by the Crown to declare the minor child as a hostile witness.
The State moved the application after the minor told the court under oath her father never raped her as alleged in the charge sheet.


The minor’s evidence left the Crown with the impression that she was changing the facts as her testimony was allegedly contrary to what she said during the interview.


As a result, the Crown moved the application to have the child declared a hostile witness. However, the defence counsel from Robinson Betrams objected to the application.


The judicial officer postponed the matter. She stated that she wanted to do a thorough research about a hostile witness.
When the matter resumed yesterday, Magistrate Nhlabatsi dismissed the Crown’s application. The judicial officer further advised the Crown to abandon prosecution as the minor was the complainant in the matter.


Shongwe was charged with the offence three years after the matter was reported to the police. He spent some time in custody after he was denied bail during his first appearance.


A doctor’s report which was presented in court as part of evidence reflected that it was compiled eight months after the matter was reported to the police. The report confirmed that the minor was sexually active; however, it was not linked to Shongwe.


The matter was postponed to November 15, 2018 for the continuation of the other charges which included the contravening of the Immigration Act.




 



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