MAN ASKS FOR DIRECTIONS FROM WOMAN, RAPES HER
EXTENDING a sense of humanity to strangers may turn out to be dangerous in some instances.
This is a sad experience which one woman of Macetjeni went through when she was sexually abused by a man she thought was lost and asking for directions.
She tried to help by leading the man through a path towards the main road as he had claimed to have lost his way. This was until he suddenly turned against her at a secluded area.
This was a narration during the case of Amos Dlamini (42) who faced a charge of rape at the Magistrate’s Court.
He was said to have unlawfully had sexual intercourse with a woman without her consent.
The matter was accompanied with aggravating factors which included that the accused person threatened to stab the woman if she resisted from the act.
He was said to have inflicted the woman with a lifetime trauma by forcing her into the act.
The accused person has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
When presenting her evidence, the complainant said she was on her way home when she met the man who seemed to be not from the area.
The accused is said to have asked the woman to show him the way leading to the main road as he had claimed to be not familiar with the area.
The complainant said since her home was also towards that direction, she asked the man to follow her as she led the way. At the time, it was already late in the evening.
The complainant said the man however suddenly placed a knife on her neck and ordered her to walk into a nearby bush where he allegedly raped her.
The man is said to have then dashed away from the scene after the act.
The complainant screamed for help, prompting residents to respond to the alarm.
The man was eventually apprehended by residents who subsequently handed him over to the police.
The accused person however disputed the complainant’s statement. The matter was adjourned and ordered to return to court on a later date for continuation of trial.