Il­le­gal Egyp­tian im­mi­grant up for fondling girl (15)

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa

AN il­le­gal Egyp­tian im­mi­grant has been ar­rested after he al­legedly fon­dled a 15-year-old’s breasts and kissed her with­out her con­sent at a house in Bu­l­awayo.

A court heard how the man asked for a glass of wa­ter at the girl’s home in Sel­bourne Park and she di­rected him to a tap out­side but he pushed the teen in­side the house be­fore he started fondling her.

Lofty Kedhr (32) is be­ing charged with in­de­cent as­sault and be­ing in the coun­try with­out a per­mit.

Bu­l­awayo Mag­is­trate Mr Ti­nashe Tashaya did not ask him to plead yes­ter­day due to a chal­lenge in lan­guage and re­manded him in cus­tody to Novem­ber 8.

Kedhr took a long time as he strug­gled to ex­plain to the court, in English, that he lost his pass­port and was await­ing a new one that he had al­ready ap­plied for.

“This court shall fa­cil­i­tate that you get an Arab in­ter­preter. Due to the fact that you are al­ready liv­ing in Zim­babwe with­out a valid per­mit, you will be re­manded in cus­tody,” said Mr Tashaya.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Miss Lean Nkomo told the court that on Oc­to­ber 30, Kedhr went to the teen’s house and asked her where her mother was.

“Com­plainant told ac­cused that her mother was at work. He asked for a glass of wa­ter. She told him to use a tap out­side but he pushed her in­side the house and started fondling her breasts. He kissed her and hugged her re­peat­edly. Com­plainant screamed and ran out of the house,” said Miss Nkomo.

She said the teen ran to a neigh­bour and re­ported the mat­ter.

“The woman gave her cell­phone to call her mother and re­port the mat­ter. The mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice. Upon ar­rest po­lice dis­cov­ered that the ac­cused didn’t have le­gal doc­u­men­ta­tion that al­lowed him to live in the coun­try. He al­leged that his doc­u­ments were lost and he was in the process of ac­quir­ing new ones,” said Miss Nkomo. — @tan­nytkay

Lofty Kedhr

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