Alleged Abusive Father To Stand Trial In October

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Trial dates for a case in which a 51-year-old man of Senonnori ward in Maun is charged for rape and unlawful wounding involving his biological daughter and his wife respectively have been set for October 7th to 8th this year.

The accused person is alleged to have raped his biological daughter on the dates between the 24th July and 16th September 2023 at their home in Senonnori. It is alleged that on the 13th September the victim was found by her mother crying and when asked why she was crying, she told her mother that her father has been having sexual intercourse with her without her consent.

The victim further revealed that the accused person beat her up for refusing to have sex with him. The accused person was arrested and later granted bail on the rape case while the victim was placed in a safe place.

While out on bail, the accused person is said to have allegedly then committed another offence of unlawfully wounding his wife who is also a state witness in the rape case by stabbing her on the neck on 7th October 2023.

The wife was admitted at Nyangabwe Referral Hospital intensive care unit. Both are currently home, with the mother aid to have recovered well while the daughter has been receiving psychological support.

Appearing before Maun Principal Magistrate Gofaone Mosweu this week, state prosecution confirmed that the set dates of October 7th and 8th were suitable for trial, however Case Management Conferencing (CMC) was postponed to a next mention since the substantive prosecutor was not available. 

For his part, the accused person who has been in custody after his bail was revoked expressed his frustration at the prosecution’s delaying CMC. He also confirmed that the dates were suitable.

Mosweu who set the 22nd April for CMC noted that the postponement did not affect the case since trial is in October.

The accused was initially denied bail by Maun Chief Magistrate Thebeetsile Mulalu who was of the view that the accused person was not a suitable candidate for bail due to the fact that he is charged with grievous offences against his own family members adding that the investigating officer cannot be at faulted for having a fear that the accused person is a danger to his own family.

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