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Court sentences man to 25 years imprisonment for rape, robbery.

A 27-year-old man was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment after being convicted of two counts of rape and robbery.

Particulars of the offence state that Mooketsi Gaditlhobogwe on June 4, 2014 entered a house belonging to his aunt while she was sleeping, strangled her and had sexual intercourse with her without her consent.

On the second count of robbery, the accused is said to have on the same day after raping her, threatened her with an axe and stole her Omega radio and P50 note.

When delivering the sentence, Chief Magistrate Lenah Mokibe-Oahile of Molepolole told the convict that the two counts he committed were serious crimes and the punishment should fit the crime committed.

'I am sentencing you to 15 years imprisonment for the first count of rape and as for the second count of robbery I am sentencing you to 10 years imprisonment. The sentences are to run consecutively,' she said.

Magistrate Mokibe-Oahile also revealed that during the mitigation the convict failed to give the court the exceptional factors that would have persuaded the court to pass a lenient sentence.

She said she found the sentence to be fitting as the convict used violence on the victim who sustained injuries.

She further revealed that the convict had a record that showed previous convicts, one of which was rape in 2016.

'Rape and aggravated robbery are some of the serious offences that are registered on daily basis in Botswana.

It is up to the courts to send a clear message to the perpetrators that rape and robbery are not tolerated' she said.

Further, she stated that in this case the court was not setting an example using the convict, but rather showing him and the rest of the society the wrath of the law.

Magistrate went on to say, 'there are many people in the country living in fear and such sentences will send a clear message that the law has the interest in protecting them.

Gaditlhobogwe, who howled insults to the magistrate was advised that he had the right to appeal the sentence within 14 days.

The state was represented by Assistant Superintendent Uyapo Koketso of Molepolole Police.

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Publication:Botswana Daily News (Gaborone, Botswana)
Date:May 3, 2018
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