A teenage mother from Botalaote ward in Moshupa recently pleaded with Maun Magistrate, Phandiwe Taka to sentence her to corporal punishment instead of jail.
Maitumelo Segomelo, 19, was found guilty of malicious damage to property.
The court heard that on the 30th of May 2014, Segomelo had an argument with her boyfriend Carlson Phillip (21) over cheating allegations.
Segomelo who was drunk at the time is said to have gone berserk accusing Philip of cheating on her with another girl.
The two had a heated argument which culminated in Segomelo destroying all property in the couple’s house.
Goods damaged included a television set, dressing table, curtains, home theatre and washing basin belonging to Carlson’s mother, Kesego Phillip (37).
The boyfriend’s mum however felt pity for Segomelo and decided not to seek compensation from the young woman.
In mitigation the delinquent woman pleaded with the court to sentence her to corporal punishment since she had a nine months old baby to take care of.
“I was drunk at the time and I would like to ask the honourable court to give me four strokes instead of sending me to jail because I have a baby to take care of.”
Magistrate Taka however objected to the teenager’s request because it was not a ; “considerable conduct in society to subject females to corporal punishment.”
She then sentenced her to six months in prison wholly suspended for a year.
She was also told of her right to appeal within 14 days if not satisfied with the sentence.
Taka then advised the accused to desist from consuming alcohol when she has a young baby to look after because it subjected the child’s life to risk.