Policeman denies raping teenage girl

2009-07-29 00:00

A POLICE inspector, Sikhosiphi Khoza (45) of Sweetwaters, has pleaded not guilty in the high court in Pietermaritzburg to four counts of kidnapping, indecent assault and rape of a 16-year-old schoolgirl who sought his help.

The incidents allegedly occurred on September 21, 2007, in the Pietermaritzburg area.

The state alleges that at the time, khoza was a member of the crime prevention unit based at Plessislaer.

It is alleged that on the afternoon in question, the girl had attended a cultural day at her school, at which she broke up with her boyfriend, a fellow pupil.

As he was unhappy about the break-up, he allegedly assaulted the girl.

She ran to Khoza’s house nearby, as she knew he was a policeman, and asked him for help.

The rape allegedly occurred later that evening after Khoza resolved the dispute with her boyfriend.

Under cross examination by Khoza’s legal aid lawyer, Di Franklin, yesterday, the girl agreed that Khoza drank alcohol during the evening, but denied she had anything to drink.

She disputed Khoza’s version that she began kissing him and began rubbing his back while they were driving and that he told her to stop.

She also denied Khoza’s claims that she agreed to have sex with him later on when he asked her because he was “a little bit drunk”, but that Khoza could not go through with it because his “conscience got the better of him”, and that “nothing happened”.

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