Woman ac­cused of abus­ing step­daugh­ter

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Man­toetse Maama

A 37-year-old woman from Qacha’s Nek will ap­pear in the Qacha’s Nek Mag­is­trate’s Court on 27 May for al­legedly as­sault­ing her six-year-old step­daugh­ter.

‘Makhot­so­falang Rasekoele was first dragged be­fore the same court on 13 May, where she was charged with the al­leged of­fense and re­leased on M400 bail.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice spokesper­son Clif­ford Molefe, the woman was ar­rested on 11 May af­ter her teacher had asked the child why she could not walk prop­erly.

“The teacher no­ticed that some­thing was wrong with the six-year-old child; she was ap­par­ently not walk­ing prop­erly. When she asked what was wrong, the teacher re­alised that the girl had been pinched un­der her armpits and feet, hence the pain she was experiencing.

“The girl ex­plained that it was her step- mother who had done that to her. Ap­par­ently, the vic­tim’s fa­ther works in South Africa and had left the child with his sec­ond wife.

“The woman was then ar­rested and taken to court, but re­leased af­ter pay­ing M400 bail.

“Her next ap­pear­ance in court will be on 27 May.

The young girl is cur­rently stay­ing with her ma­ter­nal grand­mother,” Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe said.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, a 36-year-old Butha-buthe woman and a 37-year-old Nige­rian ap­peared be­fore the Butha-buthe Mag­is­trate’s Court on 11 May ac­cused of fraud.

Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe said: “The 36-year-old woman, who is a Mosotho, went with the male Nige­rian to the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs and pre­tended that the man could not speak.

The woman filled all the nec­es­sary doc­u­ments, claim­ing the man was dumb.

“They man­aged to get a birth cer­tifi­cate as though the man was a Mosotho as he had been given Se­sotho names.

“How­ever, the man was caught when they were go­ing get an iden­tity card.

“Home Af­fairs of­fi­cials sus­pected that the two could be ly­ing and called the po­lice, lead­ing to the ar­rest.”

Ac­cord­ing to Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe, the two were each sen­tenced to two years in jail and also given an op­tion to pay M3 000 fines.

“They did not have the money and were given un­til July to raise the fine,” Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe said.

How­ever, Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe said the Nige­rian would soon ap­pear in court for al­legedly en­ter­ing Le­sotho legally.

“When the po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case, they found out that the male sus­pect did not have a pass­port and had en­tered Le­sotho il­le­gally. He will ap­pear in court soon to face this charge,” he added.

po­lice spokesper­son Se­nior in­spec­tor clif­ford Molefe

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