Teen nabbed over tod­dler’s rape

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Man­toetse Maama

A three-year-old girl from Mafeteng was al­legedly raped by a 15-year-old boy from the same neigh­bour­hood on 13 May.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice spokesper­son, Clif­ford Molefe, the mother had left the child with her un­cle while she went to work.

“It is al­leged that the child was left with her un­cle, while her mother went to work. And when she came back that night, the woman is said to have bathed the baby, which was when she al­legedly found out that the baby had been sex­u­ally as­saulted.

“the tod­dler told her mother that the 15-year-old boy had abused her. the mother then went to the area chief, who then re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice, lead­ing to the sus­pect’s ar­rest. the sus­pect ap­peared in court on Fri­day last week, and was re­manded out of cus­tody,” Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe said.

Ac­cord­ing to Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe, the sus­pect was sent for psy­chi­atric eval­u­a­tion to de­ter­mine if he was fit to stand to trial.

Mean­while, five sus­pects aged be­tween 16 and 24 years, were ar­rested at dif­fer­ent posts be­tween 13-23 May for al­legedly be­ing in pos­ses­sion of stolen cat­tle.

Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe on Mon­day said the sus­pects were al­legedly found with 95 cat­tle they could not ac­count for.

“the cat­tle were found dur­ing op­er­a­tion Mo­holi. Most of the live­stock were at cat­tle posts, while oth­ers had been aban­doned when the peo­ple who were herd­ing them saw the po­lice com­ing.

“Some of the sus­pects caught by the po­lice were as young as 18 years, which means they are be­ing re­cruited into look­ing af­ter crime when they are still very young. this is child labour, and the sad part is that the em­ploy­ers are even abus­ing the poor chil­dren by pay­ing them very lit­tle, and some with mere gum­boots or blan­kets.”

Fif­teen of the cat­tle, Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe said, be­longed to res­i­dents of Matatiele and Qwaqwa.

“this op­er­a­tion was a ma­jor suc­cess be­cause the po­lice were work­ing to­gether with lo­cal Crime Pre­ven­tion Com­mit­tees. It is im­por­tant for com­mu­ni­ties to po­lice them­selves as this dis­cour­ages such crim­i­nal acts.”

Ac­cord­ing to Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe , the sus­pects are yet to ap­pear in court as po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing.

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