Goodhope Police confirmed in an interview this week that the 58-year- old- man from Mmathethe village in the Southern District was recently cleared by DNA tests.
“The tests did not implicate him in anyway and therefore the matter was dismissed. The man was charged with incest, a serious crime that can attract not less that a 10-year jail sentence but he is now free,” revealed the Goodhope Police Station commander, Thapelo Ngiye in an interview.
In November 2010, the then 14-year old girl, told one of her school teachers and her mother that her father was responsible for her pregnancy and that he had sexually molested her for a long time before she fell pregnant. At the time, she was about six months pregnant and the matter was then brought to the attention of the police.
The girl’s parents separated in 2007 and she stayed with her mother but visited her father from time to time.
According to a testimony in court made by the girl’s mother in December 2010, the girl wrote a note and claimed that her father assaulted her sexually several times.
“My daughter wrote me a note and told me it was her father who impregnated her. She said she forced her into early sex soon after our separation three years ago,” she had stated.
The woman further added: “She said when her father discovered that she was pregnant, he asked her if she had ever had sex with somebody else besides him and when she said she had a boyfriend he told her to implicate the boyfriend.”
Although the man denied all the allegations, the teenager maintained the statement in court. But her father was allowed bail pending the DNA tests.
The baby was born in February last year but the tests were only done this year.
“It took long for the tests to be done because as you may be aware, we have only one forensic department and it serves the whole country,” Ngiye explained.