ACCUSED: Ketshwenyegile Okaile

Daughter (18) tells shocked court

An 18-year-old schoolgirl’s graphic account of sexual abuse at the hands of her father could land the middle-aged man with a hefty prison sentence if found guilty.

In front of a shocked Francistown court last Thursday the girl gave evidence claiming that her 44-year-old father, Ketshwenyegile Okaile fondled her breasts and private parts in an attempt to have sex with her.

The victim who was 17 at the time of the assaults had known her father as a decent, caring person for over a decade after her parents separated, and shared a single-roomed house with him.

Giving sworn evidence before Francistown principal magistrate Kgololesego Segabo, the young girl confidently recounted the events of the night of 26 June 2011 when her father attempted to have sexual intercourse with her.

She told the court that her ordeal first started some days earlier when her father begged to have sex with her.

Explaining in explicit details she described how her father came to her on his bended knees and beseeched her to accept his proposal.

“I vehemently refused saying that cannot happen because he is my father. In anticipation of a change of mind, he started fondling my breasts and buttocks. I then made it clear by refusing his advances and threatened to report the matter to elders. He then backed off,” the girl said in evidence.

Fearing that she would report him, the court heard that the worried father pleaded with his daughter not to make the incident a public issue before promising to buy a cellphone for her as a show of remorse.

Three days later however, the girl related how her father had severely beaten her in a move the victim described as a way of threatening her.

“By beating me, he wanted me to fall into his plan. This is so because four days later he came back again fondling my breasts. This time around, he was vigorous and aggressive. It was around midnight when he started by fondling my breasts and buttocks after sneaking into my blankets since we share a single-roomed bedroom,” she said.

The girl described how with his mouth close to her, her father caressed her abdomen before moving his hand into her pants.

“With his hand in my inner pants, he fondled my vagina. He said he wanted to have sex with me and feel what my boyfriend is feeling when I am having sex with him,” she said.

Giving evidence in the case, Thato Sambino a member of the Chadibe community whom the victim approached after her ordeal, told how the girl came to her place as early as 6am the following morning to report the matter.

“After explaining what she had gone through at the hands of her father, I referred her to the school authorities. I took her to her class teacher where she explained what she had gone through,” Sambino said.

For her part, the victim’s class teacher Priscilla Sebogodi described the “victimized girl” as a reserved but trusted student.

Sebogodi said: “But on that particular day, she was bold when presenting her case. She never stammered as usual. And her face was full of sorrow.”

The matter was then taken up by a social worker to arrange for the girl to move back to live with her mother.

In response, Okaile dismissed the state evidence as a fabrication aimed at incriminating him of the offence.

The case continues next week.

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