Man jailed 15 years for rap­ing mi­nor

Lesotho Times - - News - Brian Chi­wanza

a litha­ba­neng man was sen­tenced to 15 years in prison yes­ter­day by the Maseru Mag­is­trate’s Court for rap­ing a four-yearold on Mon­day this week.

Karo­hano ler­ata pleaded guilty to abus­ing the child in his shack and begged the court for for­give­ness.

the 27-year-old rapist told the court he was sorry for the abuse, but Mag­is­trate ‘Manapo Mote­bele still sen­tenced him to 15 years in jail with­out an op­tion of a fine.

ac­cord­ing to ev­i­dence moved in court, ler­ata called the mi­nor into his shack and or­dered her to lie on the floor be­fore sex­u­ally abus­ing her.

ler­ata bolted out of the shack af­ter the abuse, leav­ing the child cry­ing in­side the cabin. How­ever, an alert neigh­bour gave chase and caught up with ler­ata.

af­ter the child had nar­rated her or­deal, ler­ata was taken to the po­lice, lead­ing to his ap­pear­ance in court yes­ter­day.

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