Alleged Step Daughter Rapist Seeks An Attorney

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An 80-year-old Lephane pensioner, who was found guilty on his own plea of raping his 12-year-old step daughter in 2020, has since told court that he will engage an attorney for the other two similar counts he is facing of raping the same minor.

The accused, who initially pleaded guilty to all the three counts of rape he committed between 2019 and 2020, has changed the plea for the other two counts he committed in 2019 arguing that the complainant had consented to the act.

Appearing before Maun Chief Magistrate, Thebeetsile Mulalu on Tuesday, the old man argued that the reason why he pleaded guilty on the other two counts was because the victim was a minor alleging that the 12-year-old actually offered him sexual intercourse.

“I was sleeping in my room and the complainant came into my house and offered sexual intercourse, if you are offered food to eat will you reject it?” the old man asked.

He further claimed that when his son visited him in prison he informed him that he had engaged an attorney for him and will be present during his next court appearance.

However, his daughter told court that she was yet to receive details of the accused person’s attorney from his brother.

Mulalu subsequently postponed the Case management conference to the 29th to give the accused person some time to sort his issue regarding legal representation. The accused person will then on the 15th appear in court again to confirm CMC dates.

The accused person is alleged to have on three different occasions unlawfully had sexual intercourse with the complainant at their cattle post. On the first count, the accused person is alleged to have some time in July 2019 following the complainant’s arrival from school dragged her to his bedroom and raped her.

Around May 2020, the accused is said to have again forced himself on the complainant, and only stopped the act when the victim’s friend came over to the house looking for her. He then instructed the complainant not to tell anyone about the incident.

On the third count, he is said to have raped the complainant on the 17th October 2020. The old man is said to have instructed the complainant to take her school uniform to his house and then followed her into the house where he proceeded to rape her. It was while on the act, that the complainant’s nephew and brother arrived and witnessed the act, before reporting the matter to the police.

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