State Object Alleged Abusive Father’s Bail Application


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State prosecution has objected a bail application of a 51-year-old man of Senonnori ward in Maun accused of unlawfully wounding his wife. The accused person is alleged to have also raped his 10-year-old biological daughter early last month. 

In the rape case, the accused person is alleged to have raped his biological daughter on the dates between the 24th July and 16th September 2023 at their matrimonial home in Senonnori. It is alleged that on the 13th September the victim was found by her mother crying, and when asked why she was crying she told her mother that her father had been having sexual intercourse with her without her consent.

The victim further revealed that the accused person beat her up for refusing to have sex with him. The accused person was later granted bail on the rape case while his daughter was put in a safe place. After he was granted bail, the accused person is said to have then committed another offence of unlawfully wounding his wife by stabbing her on the 7th October 2023.

Challenging his bail application, state prosecutor Kebawetse Disang argued that the accused person was granted bail on the 25th September for the count of rape, but following his release he went on and violated one of his bail conditions by attacking one of the witnesses who is his legal wife and the mother to the rape victim.

This, Disang argued is a clear indication that the accused person is highly likely to go against his bail conditions should he be granted bail.

“Investigations on both cases are still on-going and if granted bail he is likely to interfere with them more so that he has proven to be an enemy of his own family,” the prosecutor stressed.

Giving an update on the wife’s condition, Disang revealed that she has since been released from Nyangabwe Referral Hospital and is currently in Maun where she is visiting the hospital on daily basis for medical attention. 

In his defence the accused person argued that he has not violated any bail conditions as he was only ordered to stay away from his daughter not his wife. He pleaded to be granted bail in order for him to remove his belongings from his rented house because his land lord has since ordered him to vacate the house.

The accused person will appear in court again on the 9th November for bail ruling.


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