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‘Trickster’ arrested for sexually assaulting widow




The Calangute police have arrested one Karl

Hendricks (38) of Saligao  for allegedly hoodwinking and sexually assaulting a 50-year-old widow from Calangute.

The arrest was made after Nisha Vernekar of NGO ‘Goenchi Nari Shakti’ filed a complaint at the Calangute police on behalf of the woman, alleging that the accused had  sexually assaulted the woman.

The police stormed into Hendricks’ house  at Saligao on Monday and nabbed  and  arrested him for allegedly sexually assaulting the widow.

It has been alleged that the man has been tricking the unsuspecting women who are in search of jobs through a Facebook page called ‘Helping Hand’.

The widow, who is the mother of  two children,  got to know Hendricks after she visited the Facebook page, and chatted with him online. The woman told  him about her financial problems. The man promised  her a job though his ‘NGO’.

The woman in the complaint alleged that Hendricks visited her when she was alone at home. He asked for a glass of water, and told the widow to take him around the house. When  he got into the bedroom,  the man sexually assaulted her. He allegedly gave out a blue film CD to the woman.

Next day, the wife of the accused phoned the widow, asking her to visit them. The harrowed woman narrated to Hendricks’ wife  how her   husband sexually assaulted her. Later the accused  also phoned her, threatening  the woman with dire consequences, which made the   hapless widow seek help of the NGO.

Calangute police inspector Nolasco Raposo said the accused was arrested late Monday night under Section 354 (A), Section 354 (B) and Section 376 of the IPC.

Hendricks was produced before the JMFC court, Mapusa, which remanded him to three-day custody.

The woman has been sent for a medical examination to ascertain whether she was raped.

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