A middle-aged woman and her 17-year-old daughter were last week raped by an unknown assailant at Mater-Spei College teacher’s quarters.
The culprit also made away with the woman’s lap-top computer and some of her daughter’s valuables.
Francistown Police Station Commander, Superintendent Mojaboswa Mathitha confirmed the incident to The Telegraph on Monday.
“We received a report on Thursday morning indicating that a middle aged woman and her 17 year old daughter where raped by an unknown assailant at Mater-Spei College teachers quarters. The culprit also stole a lap-top computer and other valuables from his victims,” he said.
He however could not disclose much information on the incident other than to say police investigations are still at a preliminary stage.
He said that they have not arrested any suspect and pleaded with the public to help them bring the culprit to book.
Asked on the state of robberies and incidents of in his policing area, Mathitha said that compared to the past years, robberies have declined as they have only recorded three robberies since the beginning of the year up to now.
Although he could not produce statistics he said crime in his policing area has significantly declined over the past years.
“We recorded a single robbery incident in January and two in March including this one. However rape cases continue to give us a head-ache,” he said.
Mathitha also added that other criminal activities such as house-breakings, theft, and store-breakings have declined owing to their cordial working relationship with the community. He said that community policing through clusters have contributed significantly in the reduction of crime in Francistown.
“We all know that Francistown is a big city and crime will always exist. I am however very impressed by the community clusters in Francistown who working very closely with the police in the fight against crime. They have contributed significantly towards the fight against crime,” he said.
Mathitha said that the police would hold a workshop on March 25 in an effort to discuss with the community on how they could best combat crime in the city.