Nurse sentenced for indecently assaulting minor

FRANCISTOWN: A magistrate court here last week sentenced a government-employed nurse (43) to three years in jail for indecently assaulting a minor.

Magistrate Faith Masie-Moyo reduced the sentence by one and half years on condition that the accused does not commit a similar offence.According to the charge sheet, Sebutana Moeti, indecently assaulted the complainant by inserting his finger into the complainant's womanhood on March 11, 2007 at or near Tutume Primary Hospital at Tutume in the Central District of Botswana.The magistrate ruled that Moeti broke the trust the complainant had on him and acted in an irresponsible manner. "You should have behaved better as a nurse and not acted in the way you did," ruled the magistrate.When sentencing the accused, Masie-Moyo considered that he was a first offender who had lived clean throughout his life before committing the offence and is also taking care of his two minor children and elderly parents.She however said the accused committed a serious offence that warrants a stiff sentence to deter would-be offenders from committing similar offences in future.He was told to approach the High Court in 14 days if he is not satisfied with the sentence.Relatives of the accused left the gallery teary-eyed after he was sentenced.

Meanwhile, a 37-year-old man appeared in the same court to face a single count of allegedly killing his girlfriend.The charge sheet states that the farmer, Mabonzo Chalegwa, allegedly murdered Motlapula Leornard at Monarch Siding Farms in Francistown on February 2, 2013. The prosecution applied that Chalegwa be remanded in custody since he has been on the run from the police after he allegedly committed the offence. Investigations into the matter are continuing. Masie-Moyo granted the prosecution their wish and remanded the accused. He will re-appear in court after 14 days.In another matter, a 22-year-old woman of Monarch location here appeared before the magistrate on Thursday to face a single count of allegedly neglecting her two-year-old toddler.According to the prosecution, Nyalalani Sumbuto, allegedly left her child in the care of her neighbour at Monarch Area 9 on January 26, 2013 under the pretext that she would pick the child after coming from work only to disappear.She was only arrested last week in Tlokweng and brought to Francistown to face a single charge of child negligence.The prosecution applied that she be remanded in custody and sent for psychiatric observation to determine her mental status. The prosecution told the magistrate that the child is now under the care of Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital matrons. Masie-Moyo ruled that Sumbuto be remanded for 14 days.

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