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A 48-year-old man of New Town in Maun who was recently convicted of raping his 17-year-old step daughter has pleaded for a lesser sentence from the Maun Chief Magistrate Thebeetsile Mulalu.
The accused person who pleaded guilty to the offence is said to have on the 4th March 2023 at New Town had canal knowledge with the complainant who was sent by her mother to give him food at his work place as a security guard.
Appearing for mitigation before Mulalu on Monday, the accused person pleaded to be given a lesser sentence arguing that he did not waste the court’s time. In his desperate plea, he further indicated that he is the sole provider for his minor children.
The accused person pleaded for mercy further arguing that he does not know what had gotten into him when he committed such an offence.
According court papers, on that fateful day the complainant was sent by her mother to deliver food to the accused person at his work place. After delivering the food, it is said that the accused person insisted to walk the minor back home. Along the way, they passed a deserted house and the accused person reportedly ordered the complainant that they should go inside the house but she declined.
The accused person is said to have then ordered the victim that they take a different route which passes through the river. Whist they were on their way, the convist allegedly began touching the complainant’s breasts and private parts.
He is alleged to have then undressed the complainant and instructed her to bend whereupon he proceeded to have sexual intercourse with her without her consent using a condom.
Upon arrival at home the complainant is said to have narrated the ordeal to her mother who then reported the matter to the police. During investigations a used condom is said to have been recovered from the scene.
The used condom was then taken to the forensics for DNA testing where the results reflected that a mixed DNA relating to the complainant and the accused were found in the condom cuttings. The accused convict will appear in court again on the 26th January 2024 for sentencing.