Moeti Rape, Robbery Suspects Granted Bail

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Two men of Moeti ward in Maun suspected to have raped a 17-year-old girl of the same ward and robbed her of property worth P3500 have been granted bail by Maun Magistrate Gofaone Mosweu.

The accused persons are said to have on the 29th March 2024 near Moeti ward in Maun acting jointly and with common purpose had carnal knowledge with a 17-year-old girl and thereafter robbed her a black laptop worth P3000, Oale phone valued at P500 and cash amounting at P30.

Granting the accused persons bail Mosweu cited that she took into account the fact that the accused persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty hence they have the right to liberty.

The accused persons were granted conditional bail on condition that they bind themselves with P2000 each and provide two sureties who will both bind themselves with an amount of P2000 each. The duo was also ordered to report to Maun police station fortnightly and have been sternly cautioned to stay away from the complainant and other prosecution witnesses.

According to state prosecution the complainant is said to be currently housed at a shelter for safety.

In attempts to have the accused denied bail, Maun Police Investigation officer (IO), Rhuka Dinyando, explained to the court that the two men stay in the same locality as the victim, and if she happens to see them in the streets it could trigger her already fragile mental condition.

For his part, the first accused person who broke down in tears requested to be granted bail arguing that he is the one taking care of their family’s livestock adding that his parents are unable to do so due to old age.

The second accused person argued that they are not a flight risk as he indicated during cross examination that he was arrested while on his way to hand himself to the police.

Particulars of the offence are that on that fateful day around 1945 hrs the complainant left her homestead in Moeti to Boseja ward, and while she was waiting for a taxi the two accused persons approached her.

It is said that one of the accused persons brandished an okapi knife from his pocket and placed it on her back threatening to stab her if she did not remain silent.

Upon seeing vehicles passing, the victim screamed for help but one of the accused persons slapped her. One of the accused persons is said to have then taken her school bag containing the victim’s belongings.

It is alleged that the accused person dragged the victim to a nearby abandoned house and both raped her without using a condom and thereafter fled the scene.

The matter was reported to the police and investigations led to an arrest of two suspects. The accused persons will appear on the 4th of June for status update.

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