Pupil gets suspended sentence for sexual assault

2014-11-06 20:50
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Mbombela - An Mpumalanga school pupil who touched a 13-year-old girl's genitals at a party was handed a suspended jail sentence by the Nelspruit Regional Court on Thursday.

Elias Stephen Mathonsi, 21, a Grade 11 pupil from Mbuyane Secondary School in Clau Clau outside Mbombela, pleaded guilty to sexual assault, a Sapa correspondent reported.

"After I proposed love to her, I touched her private parts without her consent," he said.

"I plead guilty to the charge and I know it is a serious offence and is punishable by law."

Mathonsi, who also works as a welder during weekends, was arrested in June 2011 after touching the girl.

"You should be thankful you did not have sex with her. If you did, you should be getting life imprisonment and forget about school and welding," Magistrate Willie Wilkins told him.

Wilkins sentenced Mathonsi to five years in prison, suspended for five years. He warned Mathonsi to stay away from young girls.

He said his name would be placed on the register of sexual offenders.

"You are unfit to work with children. Tell your employer about this conviction and if you fail to do so, you will pay a fine of R140 000 or serve seven years' imprisonment," Wilkins said.

 

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