An HIV positive man who systematically raped and infected his two minor stepdaughters was last Thursday sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The 48-year-old man from Mathangwane village (who cannot be named due to his health status) had pleaded his innocence but was convicted on the ‘overwhelming evidence’ of the prosecution.
The court proved that he began raping the elder of the girls in 2004 when she was only 11-years-old, and her younger sister who is now 13 over a three-year period. The abuse of the girls continued until June 2009 when his sordid acts were eventually discovered.
Francistown Principal Magistrate Kgololesego Segabo imposed a 12-year sentence for each count to run concurrently.
In passing sentence the magistrate related how the accused person took advantage of the girls’ ages, and instilled fear in them by threatening to kill both them and their mother if they told anyone.
He added that the man was supposed to play a father figure to the victims, but instead subjected the children to extreme sexual abuse for a substantial period of time and subjected them to HIV/AIDS.
“You took them as wives and bed them on different occasions and places,” Segabo said.
Although the accused pleaded for leniency in mitigation, claiming he was not aware of his HIV status, Segabo said an offense of rape is a serious one that called for a suitable deterrent punishment.