HE LURED SCHOOLGIRL TO HIS HOUSE UNDER FALSE PRETENCES
In a bizarre twist of fate a young girl who answered a bogus advert to become one of Vee’s dancers, was raped to the soundtrack of the artist’s hit song ‘Taku Taku.’
21-year-old Andrew Mox Sethare was last week convicted of rape and sentenced to ten years in prison after he impersonated the singer and falsely lured the schoolgirl to his house in Tonota for sex.
There was drama at the Francistown Magistrates court as the sentence was announced and 21-year-old Andrew Sethare, through a court interpreter, was made aware of the judgment.
The convicted man’s knees gave way and he crumpled into a heap as the reality of the ten-year-jail term sank in.
Francistown Chief Magistrate Peggy Madandume had found him guilty based ‘on overwhelming evidence gathered and presented in court.’
The prosecution had just proved beyond any ‘measure of doubt’ that on 21 June 2011 at Tonota village’s Kweneng ward, Sethare had carnal knowledge with a then 18-year-old student without her consent.
Police officers who were in court temporarily exchanged their shackles for first aid gloves as they tried to resuscitate the accused person, who was sweating profusely and saying he wanted to vomit.
After returning from the toilet, he sat on the floor on the court gallery, convulsed in tears.
“My life is in tatters. And my future has been doomed,” Sethare who had represented himself in the case, said with his eyes fixed at the bench where the magistrate was seated.
Handing down the sentence before a packed courtroom, many of whom were the victim’s fellow students, the magistrate said that although the court found some extenuating circumstances, they were far outweighed by the aggravating factors.
The magistrate observed that Sethare committed the offence when he was only 19, and conceded that as a naïve youth he had acted foolishly despite the consequences.
However she went on to point out that youthfulness and being a first offender were not exceptional extenuating circumstances.
The court earlier heard how the girl had responded to a poster advertising auditions to become one of Vee’s dancers.
On calling the contact number she was excited when the person responding identified himself as the singer, claiming that he was in Tonota and inviting her to an audition.
On arrival in Tonota Sethare met the girl claiming that Vee had sent him to take her to the audition.
Instead he took her to his house where he locked the door and proceeded to rape her.
Ironically the act took place to the sounds of Vee’s hit record Taku, Taku, the volume turned up loud to cover the girl’s cries for help.
After the act Sethare took the girl back to the bus rank, believing that she would not report him to the police.
However when she returned to Francistown the girl related her ordeal to friends who suggested she reported the incident to the Youth Counselling On Air programme on their toll free17250 number.
This she did and the councillors there informed the police.
In court Magistrate Madandume ruled that the sexual act was not consensual, despite Sethare’s claim that the complainant was his girlfriend.
“How can you claim someone you had only met half an hour before could be your girlfriend?” the magistrate asked.
Sethare now has a week to make a decision as to whether to appeal or face the fact that he will serve time until he turns 31-years-old.