Rapist rattled by conviction
A convicted rapist from Maun,Mmusi Tshibilili was caught off guard on Monday morning when the Maun Magistrate court found him guilty on a 2007 rape charge.
29- year-old Tshibilili was visibly shaken and surprised by magistrate Clifford Foroma’s guilty verdict as he made desperate arrangements to find someone to drive his mini bus back home before he was carted off to prison in a government vehicle.
He also pleaded with the police escort to allow him more time to make calls to relatives and legal representation to inform them of his conviction and imprisonment.
Looking confused and rattled, Tshibilili went around for a while asking anybody who cared to listen to him what he could possibly do to avoid going to jail before he was eventually shoved into the back of a government truck.
His sister who had come to give him support however managed to call some relative who drove Tshibilili’s car home.
The particulars of Tshibilili”s offence are such that on the 14th of May 2007, he offered to transport the victim from Bimbos restaurant at the old mall in Maun to her house.
Court papers indicated that on the way Tshibilili however changed directions and drove to his place in Chobe ward instead.
Representing the State, Directorate of Public Prosecution’s, Universe Kabecha told the court that on arrival at his place,Tshibilili pushed the victim who was 22 years of age at the time into a dark room where he slapped her on the face before sexually assaulting her.
“He raped her without a condom and later threatened to kill her if she reported the rape to the police,” said Kabecha.
He further revealed in court that in an attempt to create an alibi, Tshibilili forged an immigration stamp which he used to try and prove that he was not in the country when the crime happened
An expert however told the court that the stamp was fake “He was lucky to escape without a forgery charge,” said Kabecha.
Sentencing, which Tshibilili shall await behind bars has been set for July 9, 2012 while the victim has been taken to social workers and Women Against Rape for counselling.