Keobonye Rangande,( 29) from Toteng village is likely to spend the next 10 years behind bars after the Maun magistrate court found him guilty of raping his cousin.
When delivering judgement this week, Magistrate Clifford Foroma said that there was no how the corroborating evidence brought before the court by seven witnesses could have been fabricated by his own relatives to send him to jail for no reason.
Rangande had alleged that he had once fought with one of the witnesses and she had vowed to make sure that he was convicted and jailed.
He also told the court that on the said date he was in Maun and not toteng, but Foroma simply reminded him that the distance between Toteng and Maun was less than 30 km and he could have therefore easily been in both places on the same day.
The court further heard that on the 24th of December, 2008 around 8 o’clock in the evening, the raped girl who was 14 years of age by then had visited her uncle’s wife in Toteng. On arrival she could not to find the way to the uncle’s house so she asked directions from two men at a bar.
The two men identified her as Rangande’s relative and therefore called him to assist her. As he led her to the house he stopped at a nearby bush and defiled her.
“You slapped her twice and when you put your hand in the back pocket, she got terrified because she thought you were taking out a knife,” Magistrate Foroma said
The girl however later told other relatives despite Rangande’s threats to kill her if she did. The relatives reported the matter to the police and the culprit was arrested, tried and now convicted.
As he was being bundled by the police to be sent to prison to await sentencing on September 4, Rangande said: “What is happening to me is nothing new.Magistrates know nothing about trying cases, a judge is going to release me when I appeal.”