DNA exonerates 'incestuous' father’s paternity

DNA exonerates 'incestuous' father’s paternity
DNA exonerates 'incestuous' father’s paternity

FRANCISTOWN: A man initially arraigned on a charge of incest has discovered that the complainant in the matter whom he thought was his biological daughter is, in fact, not following results from a DNA test.

The 41-year-old man of Block 4, who cannot be named for legal and ethical reasons, allegedly had sexual intercourse with his 11-year-old daughter between June 2020 and July 2021 at her mother's residence in Block 2. According to the man’s girlfriend and mother to the complainant, she caught him on top of her daughter having sex with the minor. The mother was allegedly woken by noises in her bedroom where she was in for a rude awakening from the sight of her boyfriend having sex with her daughter.

Updating the court on the status of the matter yesterday (Tuesday), sub-inspector Cecilia Nchochi told Magistrate Mareledi Dipate that the initial charge of incest cannot be sustained given the twist of events regarding the paternity of the complainant. She said this is because the DNA tests performed on the man and the complainant have determined that he is not the minor's natural father. Nchochi thereafter made an application for the amendment on the charge sheet to be adjusted from the offence of incest to rape.

Editor's Comment
Government’s efforts commendable!

Since the news broke, the government made sure to work hand in hand with the South African government to assist the families of the victims. The two countries came together to help the families identify the bodies of their loved ones through DNA testing. The government also announced that they would assist families with food for mourners before the funerals.Even though the deceased persons were mostly residents of Molepolole, the government...

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