Nov. 10, 2022


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Suspected rapist seen fondling young victim

Suspected rapist seen fondling young victim

The High Court of Lesotho

Story highlights

    Accused told a companion he wanted a woman
    Suspect fled to elude police who were looking for him

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A Qaqatu man who was seen fondling a four-year toddler before sexually molesting her is expected to appear in the Mohale’s Hoek Magistrate’s Court on Friday this week to answer rape charges.

Tšepang Molahla, 30, of Khohlong, Qaqatu was sometime in April attending a traditional feast in his home village when he pounced on the unsuspecting victim.

He had attended the function with fellow male villagers.

During the repast that ensued, Molahla is alleged to have confided in one of the men that he felt sexually aroused and wanted a woman.

But the only female who was in the vicinity it is further alleged was a four-year-old girl who was playing nearby.

Minutes later, Molahla was seen holding the child and fondling her private parts.

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He allegedly took the girl to a secluded place where he repeatedly raped her before fleeing the village to elude the police who had started looking for him.

He was eventually arrested by the Mohale’s Hoek police and hauled before the Magistrate’s Court on November 1.

The court released him on a M500 and ordered him to return this week to stand trial.


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