Father in custody for daughter's assault

Francistown Magistrate's Court. PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
Francistown Magistrate's Court. PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

FRANCISTOWN: In a harrowing case bearing the hallmarks of child abuse, a 39-year-old man was arraigned in court for allegedly whipping his six-year-old daughter with a cable resulting in bruises all over her body.

The state alleges that Johane Chilisa Phumaphi, who is unemployed, assaulted his daughter on February 16, 2022, at Gerald Estates. Phumaphi faces a single of assault occasioning bodily harm. The prosecution has indicated that he may be charged under the new Children’s Act.

Sub inspector Kelebonye Matsapa made an application for Phumaphi to be remanded in custody but told the court that the Investigating Officer (IO) was not available to give reasons as he was at the hospital for medical assistance. Matsapa told the court that investigations in the matter are still at an initial stage. “We have not yet recorded statements from potential witnesses.

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