A 22 -year -old man was all smiles recently after Maun Magistrate Clifford Foroma granted him bail pending appeal, five days after he was charged with defilement.

Gaoduelwe Tubego of Thito ward in Maun was last week sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for defiling a standard six student in a toilet.

However his attorney Charles Tlagae of Tlagae and Attorneys made an urgent application for bail to which the magistrate granted on Tuesday morning.

The details of the case are that in the evening November 4 last year, the accused drove to the victim’s home and parked outside.

He then called the victim’s grandmother and requested to speak to the victim. Upon meeting, Foroma said that the accused had a, ‘quick sexual encounter,’ with the victim inside the toilet.

“You knew very well that she was young and doing grade six but you decided to take advantage of her,” stated Foroma.

He said that though the girl looked big and attractive for her age, the accused knew very well that she was underage.

The court was further told that the grandmother to the victim became suspicious when the girl took longer than expected to come back to the house.

Upon her arrival she questioned her but after failing to make a breakthrough she called the police and the girl confessed to having sex with the accused.

During mitigation his attorney mentioned that the accused  who was a first offender has since repented and is now a member of Roman Catholic.

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