MAN ASKS FOR DIREC­TIONS FROM WOMAN, RAPES HER

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Won­der­boy Dlamini Siteki

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.

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