A 76-year-old man of Etsha 6 was on Tuesday arraigned before the Maun Magistrate’s Court accused for raping a 9 year old girl of the same village this past Monday (29th).
Particulars of the offence are that on that fateful day, the accused person had unlawful canal knowledge of the minor without her consent at Botshabelo Ward in Etsha 6.
It is alleged that, the complainant had gone to her friend’s place to play in the morning but later went back home alone. It is said that on her way home she was called by the accused person to his home where he allegedly dragged her into his house and raped her.
It is said that at the time of the incident the victim’s mother had left home to fetch some firewood but upon her return she found the minor crying. When she enquired what happened the victim told her that she was raped by the old man.
The matter was then reported to the police and the accused person was subsequently arrested while the victim was taken to Gumare Primary Hospital for medical attention.
Prosecutor Sergeant Kefilwe Senokwane on Tuesday pleaded for the accused person to be remanded in custody as investigations are still at an initial stage, further noting that the victim on the matter is a minor.
The accused person who pleaded not guilty to the count, prayed to be granted bail arguing that he is not a flight risk.
But presiding Chief Magistrate, Thebetsile Mulalu said the issue of bail will be dealt with on his next mention where prosecution will avail the investigating officer of the case to argue why he should not be granted bail. The case status update has been set for the 12th June 2023.
Meanwhile, before the same court, a 28-year-old man of Tsau village was also arraigned, accused for stealing livestock and another count of arson. The accused person, Obabaletse Moamerika is alleged to have on the 23rd May 2023 at Tsau stolen and slaughtered a cow worth P3500 which belonged to a certain Dikarabo Lunga.
Moamerika is said to have then on that same day proceeded to torching a hut which belonged to his brother destroying property valued at P2500.
The prosecution pleaded for the accused person to be remanded in custody as investigations are at an initial stage. The accused person whose plea was reversed had nothing to say and will appear in court again on the 13th June for status update.