Chief caged 15 years for rap­ing mi­nor

Lesotho Times - - News - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

SIXTY two-year old Chief Makoko Ra­palo of Ha Ra­palo, Ma­soel­ing will spend the next 15 years be­hind bars for rap­ing a seven-year old girl.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice deputy spokesper­son, Se­nior In­spec­tor Lerato Mot­seki, the chief lured two mi­nors with money to buy Simba potato chips.

“Ev­i­dence be­fore the court showed Chief Makoko Ra­palo, aged 62, of Ha Ra­palo, Ma­soel­ing in Berea, called two girls and gave them money to buy a packet of Simba on 30 Au­gust this year,” she said.

“When the two girls re­turned, the man sent away one of the girls and then pro­ceeded to rape the seven-year old girl.”

Se­nior In­spec­tor Mot­seki said the girl who was sent away re­turned to col­lect her friend ac­com­pa­nied by other chil­dren.

“The chil­dren heard some sus­pi­cious sounds as the vic­tim was scream­ing in anguish. Chief Ra­palo re­leased the vic­tim who then shared her or­deal with her peers and grand­mother,” she said.

“The chief ap­proached the vic­tim’s grand­mother, who is also her guardian, with a M1 000 bribe for her si­lence but she re­fused to ac­cept it.

“The grand­mother im­me­di­ately reported the mat­ter to the Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Com­mit­tee which handed the chief over to the po­lice on 31 Au­gust.”

Se­nior In­spec­tor Mot­seki said the chief was sen­tenced to 15 years with­out the op­tion of a fine on 6 Septem­ber.

She ad­vised par­ents and guardians to teach their chil­dren to be warry of any­one, re­gard­less of their stand­ing in so­ci­ety, and re­port any sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour to their par­ents.

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