The victim was only 12-years old when she was repeatedly raped and impregnated by her own father who had just finished serving a prison sentence for killing her mother in 2007.
When he stood in the dock this week , the 55-year-old headman of records pleaded not guilty to a single count of rape and dismissed the allegations of incest leveled against him as hogwash aimed at tainting his good reputation in the community he leads.
Giving evidence before Francistown magistrate Sijabuliso Siziba, the allegedly abused daughter told of how her father had sexual intercourse with her in the bush near the graveyard at Area A in Francistown.
In her testimony the headman’s daughter further said that her father ‘acted like a preying lion determined to pounce on its target. “He would send my brothers who were in our company to go and buy some sweets while I walked with him home through a footpath that meanders through a bushy area.”
In the bush the court heard how the suspected incestuous father ordered his daughter to undress herself and lie on her back.
The young woman said she had to comply with her father’s demands as he had threatened to cut her throat if she resisted.
After the first rape the court heard that the headman continued to have sexual intercourse with his daughter on several occasions until he made her pregnant.
The girl told the court that she complied with all her father’s demands for sex because she knew he could kill her since he killed her mother.
Although it is common knowledge that the man was convicted of manslaughter for murdering his wife in a passion killing what remains a mystery is that the said previous conviction could not be found in the court records.
Kgosi Thabo Maruje III of Masunga village confirmed learning about the headman’s dark history.
He said members of the public approached his office following the accused person’s appointment as a headman of records with the revelations but there was no proof in the court records.
The case continues