The traumatised schoolgirl’s family were horrified to learn Moses Pande, 23, had been secretly abusing their daughter for six months - and had even attempted to rape her.
Following his arrest after the girl found the courage to speak out, Pande said ‘I knew it was wrong - I wanted to stop but couldn’t - and I couldn’t talk to anyone about it’.
I am not without sympathy for this young man. God only knows what he endured in Uganda and how much it messed up his psyche.
The fact that he had no-one to turn to is most unfortunate. His abuse could have been stopped long before the girl was horribly traumatized and he was sentenced to 8 years and deportation. In Germany, there is a campaign where they give pedophiles or potential pedophiles a number to call to get help. Had the UK had such a program, Pande might have gotten the help he needed, when he needed it.
Pande, formerly of Wythenshawe, has now been jailed for eight years after admitting six child sex offences part-way through his Manchester Crown Court trial.
Sara Haque, prosecuting, said: “When the matters came to light and there were discussions between the victim and her mother she was asked why she had kept quiet in relation to what occurred. She said that the defendant, on numerous occasions, had threatened to kill himself if these matters came out. She felt that she didn’t want to have the responsibility of somebody taking their own life because of her.”
How heinous; using a girl's virtue (empathy) to rob her of her innocence!
Bernadette Baxter, defending, said Pande, who came to Britain at the age of 18, was ‘emotionally damaged’ after a troubled childhood in Uganda.
“He has already had a visit from immigration authorities and accepts he will be deported back to Uganda, where his family and friends know of his convictions. One can only imagine the level of social opprobrium there is that culture for this sort of offending.”
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The judge described the threats Pande used to silence the victim were an aggravating feature as he jailed Pande, before paying tribute to the ‘forbearance’ of the girl and her family.
Detective Constable Joanna Gordon, of GMP’s Child Protection Unit said: “The victim was terrified and I commend her bravery in speaking to us about the abuse she suffered at the hands of Pande.
“A young girl has been robbed of her childhood and has had to go through the trauma of giving evidence, but she has been incredibly brave and helped to bring Pande to justice. I hope that now he is behind bars, she can start to rebuild her life.”
Let's hope and pray for this girl, too. Unfortunately, no age was given for the girl, but she undoubtedly will need much counselling and prayer.
I don't know who you are Miss, but you are my hero today. God bless you.