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Galeshewe pastor gets life for raping stepdaughter

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A pastor was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Galeshewe Regional Court after he was found guilty of raping his stepdaughter, who was 14 years old at the time.

A PASTOR was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Galeshewe Regional Court after he was found guilty of raping his stepdaughter, who was 14 years old at the time.

The incident took place in 2017, when the accused was residing with the girl and her mother, who was his wife.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesperson Mojalefa Senokoatsane said the 44-year-old accused had 14 years of experience in the ministry and was working as a church pastor.

“The girl was in Grade 8 when the accused began raping her. For a year, the girl continued to be abused until she decided to report the matter to her mother in 2018.

“The complainant was too afraid to speak up as the accused had also physically abused her mother. Unfortunately, her mother did not believe her when she finally told her that her stepfather had raped her.

“Her mother agreed to hold a family meeting to ‘sort out the matter’, after the child had informed her on another occasion that the accused had raped her again.”

Senokoatsane added that the accused continued to sexually abuse the child “unabatedly” until the mother caught him attempting to rape the girl when she walked into the child’s room in 2020.

“The accused acted as if he was checking up on the girl and her siblings in the room. The girl’s mother questioned why her husband had no clothes on in the children’s room. It was only at this stage that the mother believed what her daughter had told her in 2018.”

Senokoatsane stated that they immediately went to the police station to open a case of rape against the accused.

“The accused was arrested and charged with one count of rape as well as one count of attempted rape. The accused pleaded not guilty and maintained his innocence at the start of his trial.”

The regional court prosecutor, advocate Shareen Theresa Links, highlighted how the accused lacked remorse in spite of overwhelming evidence against him.

Senokoatsane said Links pointed out how the accused had breached the trust and innocence of a minor who regarded him as being her father.

“The court preparation officer, Thandi Diphae, told the court how the girl’s school work had suffered and how she felt betrayed by those who were supposed to protect her. She started to act up because of the abuse she suffered as well as because her mother refused to believe her.”

Senokoatsane added that the court agreed that the accused had broken the relationship of trust the child had placed in him as her father and pastor.

“The accused was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment on a count of rape and 10 years imprisonment for attempted rape. The court ordered that his name be included in the register of sex offenders. The accused was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.

“The NPA commends the stellar work of the prosecutors and the police that ensured that another victim of gender-based violence and femicide will be protected from her abuser,” said Senokatsane.

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