A 31-year old man of Botshabelo Ward in Maun accused of allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl in 2021 has pleaded with the state to engage his mobile service provider, to provide evidence about his alibi, alleging that his only witness has passed on.
Obamang Tholego is alleged to have on that fateful day at around 3 am in Moeti Ward stormed into the complainant’s house calling for her older sister. It is alleged that when he got no response, he rushed into the bedroom and found the minor sleeping with her siblings.
The accused person is said to have then proceeded by forcing the young girl from her bed and took her to the nearest bush and had sexual intercourse with her then after that tied her to a tree with a scarf and fled.
As fate would have it, when the young girl and family were at the police station to report the matter, the accused then bursted into the station seeking police help from a mob that was pursuing him alleging that he had stolen some money. The young girl immediately recognised the accused and he was immediately arrested.
The suspect also stands accused of giving false information to a public officer, following claims he made to the officer on duty at the time of his arrest when he identified himself as his older brother, Thomas Baganaleso.
In his plea for the intervention of a service provider, Tholego indicated that without his witness, his defence is in limbo, and may not get justice, hence only the service provider can help the situation by availing their conversation, which will prove his innocence.
“Prosecution should be aware that I was not arrested for this matter and my witness who has since passed on called me and told me that people were looking for me trying to kill me, that is when I ran to the police station to save my life,” Tholego argued.
Tholego shockingly went on to preach the word of God inside court as he attempted to prove his innocence.
The accused person who is currently out on bail will appear before the presiding chief magistrate Thebeetsile Mulalu on the 26th January 2022 for status update.