Father jailed 15 years for rap­ing daugh­ter

Lesotho Times - - News - Staff Reporter

A HA-RAMOKITIMI man was on Tues­day sen­tenced to 15 years in jail for rap­ing his 15-year-old daugh­ter.

The mon­ster father (name with­held to pro­tect the iden­tity of the child) was found guilty as charged by Se­nior Res­i­dent Mag­is­trate ‘Manapo Mote­bele.

The man abused his daugh­ter from Septem­ber to Novem­ber this year while he was un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

Se­nior Res­i­dent Mag­is­trate Mote­bele im­posed the sen­tence with­out an op­tion of a fine.

The man pleaded guilty when he first ap­peared in the Maseru Mag­is­trate’s court on Mon­day.

The teenager told the court how her father would al­ways come home drunk and openly tell her that he was go­ing to sex­u­ally abuse her.

The girl fur­ther told the court her father would oc­ca­sion­ally threaten her un­til she fi­nally gave in to his de­mands.

How­ever, the girl fi­nally re­ported the abuse to her friend since her mother is now late.

The friend in turn in­formed the girl’s grand­fa­ther who tried to rep­ri­mand­ing his son but to no avail.

in mit­i­ga­tion for a lesser sen­tence, the rapist father said he was first-time of­fender who de­served a se­cond chance. He also apol­o­gised for his of­fense.

“i am sorry for what i have done. i have two mi­nor chil­dren who de­pend on me. Th­ese chil­dren are go­ing to suf­fer should i be jailed,” he pleaded with the court.

How­ever, the mag­is­trate re­sponded with a 15-year jail term.

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