Five years for defiling, impregnating niece

FILE PIC: Defilement by relatives worries Magistrate
FILE PIC: Defilement by relatives worries Magistrate

As defilement continues to trouble the country, the Village Magistrate's Court became the latest scene last week for a case in which a man received five years in the slammer for violating his niece.

The man (names withheld to protect the underage girl) was found guilty of having had sexual intercourse with his brother’s daughter for two years whilst she was schooling at a Junior Secondary School in the city. The young student was only 15-years-old at the time the abuse was discovered. Having impregnated his niece, however, it was identified in the particulars of the offence that, “the convict between March 1 and 31, 2020, at or near place withheld, unlawfully had carnal knowledge of one Baone Modi (not actual name), a girl under the age of 18 years old.”

Passing sentence on Thursday, Magistrate Tshepo Thedi cautioned that rape and defilement cases are on the rise in the country. The Magistrate cited: “We are experiencing a surge in cases of violence against children, especially sexual violence. Stepfathers, brothers and cousins are the leading perpetrators of child defilement and molestation. Like in this instance, where the convict is related to the victim, the convict is the elder brother to the victim’s father.” According to the court record, the sexual abuse which spanned a little over a year, resulted in pregnancy and “all this [sexual abuse] transpired when the victim was doing Form 2 to Form 3".

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