Sunday, February 28, 2021

Rape suspect claims he was framed

A habitual rape suspect, Mokhujwane Babolokeng, of Mapatse in the Central District, last week pleaded with Francistown High Court Judge Abedinico Tafa to grant him bail, saying that he was framed.

The suspect, who allegedly committed an offence of rape while on bail for another rape charge, told the court that the complainants connived to bring false charges against him.

The charge sheet reveals that on May 23, 2010 the accused went on a drinking spree in Mapatse Village and, on his way back home, he met a woman and raped her in the presence of her son.

After the incident, the woman then called the police where upon the suspect was later arrested.
“All the complainants who have laid the charges on me, usually agree to have sex with me and after that they rush to the Police and put a charge of rape against me,” he maintained.

However, Justice Tafa lambasted the accused, saying that the aggravating factor of the matter is that he committed the offense while he was on bail for a similar crime. He went on to rubbish the accused’s claim that he was framed by the complainants, adding that if indeed he was framed why did he not refuse to have sex with the second complainant.

The judge reserved his judgment, saying that there is need by the prosecution to find out when his mention dates at the magistrate courts are and to further enquire if the police investigations are complete before he could be considered for bail.

Judgment will be delivered on the 10th of December this year.
The state is represented by Careb Mbenda.

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