Uncle, 32, rapes niece, 9, and blames potency muti
A 32-year-old man of Thito ward in Maun who raped his nine- year-old niece blamed a sex performance boosting traditional muti (motsosa) for the vile act.
Letimakgosi Poifi confessed to the crime in court and was jailed for ten years. In his defence he told how he had drunk the concoction to boost his sexual performance on the day of the rape. He claimed the potion produced a strong sexual desire that demanded immediate gratification.
Narrating his story in court Poifo said that on 6 February he was drinking with friends at one of the local bars when one of his colleagues produced the traditional drug and mixed it with alcohol.
When he returned home the court heard that the little girl’s mother had left the child in the kitchen with Poifo who lived with the family. As soon as the girl’s mother was gone the unscrupulous uncle allegedly dragged her to the back of the house where he molested her.
“When the girl cried out you then put your clothes over her mouth but it was too late because people had already heard her screams,” said Magistrate Clifford Foroma when delivering his judgement. The magistrate said the accused ran away when people came and the girl was found crying wearing only a top.
He said that once arrested the accused lied to the court that the girl panicked and fell after she found him urinating at the back of the house. Initially he denied ever having sex with his niece but later confessed to the crime.
“You failed to cross-examine a nine-year-old girl who bravely told this court that you put your penis in her urinal part,” said the judge.
When asked to mitigate Poifo blamed the concoction he had drank earlier that night.
“I was drunk and the erection concoction that I had consumed at the bar made things worse. I wanted sex.”
He then pleaded with the court to be lenient on him as he was looking after his father and their cattle.
The magistrate told him that he had betrayed the little girl who treated him as a father. He then sentenced him to ten years behind bars with 14 days to appeal if not satisfied with the sentence.