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Father of four awaits fate

Mere Naleba
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A FORMER security guard was yesterday convicted of four counts of attempted rape.

The man appeared before Magistrate Janaka Bandara. The court heard the man attempted to rape a 12-year-old girl, who lived a flat away from him, on four different occasions between 2009 and 2010.

The court heard the man was married with four children and that the victim often visited as a friend of one of his daughters.

The accused and the victim lived in the same housing barrack.

During the course of the trial, the victim informed the court that on the first three occasions, the accused only touched her private parts and fondled her breasts.

But she said it was on the fourth occasion that he raped her. Medical reports produced in court during the trial, however, showed otherwise. In his judgment, Magistrate Bandara stated the medical report showed the victim's hymen was still intact.

The court heard the victim on one occasion had visited the accused's place with her grandfather. When her grandfather left to fetch a hammer from their flat, the accused tried to rape the girl.

The incident was discovered when a boy from the neighbourhood saw the accused and victim half naked. He then told an older woman. The court heard the accused tried to bribe the victim and the boy.

The case has been adjourned to January 29 for sentencing submissions.





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