Residents were put on notice that a man who broke into a teenager’s bedroom and raped her, will be released from prison on Monday.
The Ministry of Legal Affairs confirmed yesterday that TeWolde Mathin Selassie, 44, who was sentenced to 25 years for the 2005 assault on a 15-year-old girl, will be released from the Prison Farm next week.
The public notice, issued on Friday (Feb 19) said: “Selassie, a 44-year-old Black male who will be of no fixed abode, was convicted and incarcerated for burglary and serious sexual assault.
“Based on this and on other information received, the Minister has determined that the Ministry of Education should be provided with information regarding this offender to ensure that relevant schools are notified about his impending release.
“The Criminal Code allows the minister to release information about sex offenders who were considered to cause “a risk of significant harm to the health or safety of the public, an affected group of people, or an individual.”
Selassie became eligible for parole in October 2013 after he had served one third of his sentence, which was meted out by Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves.
Justice Greaves, at the time of sentencing, said it was one of the worst cases to come before the court before sentencing Selassie in May 2007 to 25 years imprisonment.
The victim told the court that she was woken in the middle of the night in January 2005 by a man who had broken in through her window by removing an air-conditioning unit.
The court also heard that before leaving the scene of the crime, he told the victim that she should get her window fixed.
The victim’s mother raised concerns in 2013 after she discovered that Selassie was at a home near where the victim regularly stayed as part of a prison community service programme.