Selebatso acquitted of defilement

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JWANENG: “As the court pleases”. Those were the final words from the prosecution bench after they failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that indeed Ketshepile Selebatso of Sese village sexually abused a minor in 2013.

Magistrate Basetsana Keakantse noted Thursday that it is a prerequisite in a defilement case that the age of the complainant be properly established. In order to prove the age of the complainant, a birth certificate must be produced or any person who was there when the child was born could testify before court.

Keakantse also observed that the variation of age as presented by the complainant and the pathologist could not be relied upon by courts of law as they could not be proven. “I also observed the body structure of the complainant. She had big breasts, bumps and curves and to me she appeared more like a young lady than a young girl,” said Keakantse.

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