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Teacher faces the music

Mere Naleba
Saturday, April 19, 2014

A MUSIC teacher at a secondary school in the maritime zone will know of his prison sentence on Tuesday.

The 49-year-old man has been found guilty of one count of rape by High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo.

On May 26, 2012, the man had gone to the parents of the girl, who was 13 years old at the time, and asked that she and her sister go to his home to clean it.

In his summing up, Justice Temo said the accused returned later and asked the victim to massage his back while he sent her younger sister away.

He then raped the girl.

The victim told her parents of the incident and a police report was lodged.

The man was subsequently charged with one count of rape, another of sexual assault and one of indecent assault.

In court, the man pleaded guilty to the counts of sexual and indecent assault although he denied the rape charge.

However, the three assessors returned a guilty opinion with which Justice Temo concurred.

In his judgment, Justice Temo said he accepted the prosecutor's version of the story.

"Like the assessors, I accept the prosecution's version of events," he said.

"I also accept the complainant's version of events.

"Her evidence was supported by the doctor's medical report and the accused's confession.

"I reject the accused's denial, he was not a credible witness."


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