High Court flooded with newly enacted SODV Act cases
Since the newly enacted Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence (SODV) Act was put into place in the Kingdom of Eswatini, the High Court has been flooded with bail applications by accused persons charged under the Act.
This was yesterday evident by the fact that recorded as the first criminal case in 2019 was an SODV case involving a 39year old man who allegedly had sexual intercourse with a 14-year old girl.
Of note is that most of the accused persons in their affidavits filed before court, claim that the complainants were their girlfriends whom had consented to having sexual intercourse.
However, some of those who claim the complainants were their girlfriends also allege that they did not have sexual intercourse with the complainants.
The act was put into place in July 2018 and since then the High Court has been flooded with bail applications by men accused of having contravened same.
In most bail applications for accused persons charged under the act, the youngest minor involved was at the age of 13.