CHILD MOLESTING TEACHER BLAMES WITCHCRAFT
A primary school teacher who went on a rape spree, molesting school girls as young as 10 years of age has blamed witchcraft for his sordid acts.
Defending himself before the Francistown principal magistrate Thebeetsile Mulalu last week Friday, the 33- year old man of Marapong village said he was bewitched with a curse to rape young girls.
Masimba Bushi Morapedi a 33- year-old standard five teacher at Tsetsebjwe primary school has apparently been molesting little girls from as far back as 2007.
Police investigations have established that Morapedi was once charged with two counts of defilement from which he was discharged and acquitted after the two minor girls he violated at Bobonong Primary School between 2007 and 2008 had died before the case could be finalized.
The court heard that on the 9th of March 2009 soon after he was allowed back into the classroom from his suspension and transferred to another school, Morapedi raped another 10-year-old girl.
The man who looked as innocent as an angel in court feigned ignorance of the charges against him.
“I don’t know anything about this charge. I have been bewitched.
That’s why I can’t even remember what happened,” he said to the amazement of the court.
The little girl however testified in camera that Morapedi showed up at her house at night.
He broke her door towards midnight and sneaked into her blankets like a predator.
When she asked who was there, a male voice threatened to kill her if she screamed, she said.
“By the time he sneaked into my blankets, this man was stark naked” recalled the little girl, who is now a Form 2 student at Dukwi Junior Secondary School.
“He then forced me to engage in sexual intercourse with him,” she told the court adding that since she was a virgin, she screamed in pain and asked Morapedi to remove his organ from her but he persisted.” She continued
At the time of the incident, she was doing her Standard Five at Mampori Primary School in Marapong.
After the rape, Morapedi let the girl go and she ran to the neighbours to ask for help, the court heard.
Also giving evidence in court was the girl’s neighbour, Sylvia Seru who testified that she opened the door for her and saw Morapedi walking about at the little girl’s compound looking for her.
The neighbor said she offered the victim accommodation until morning and narrated the story to her grandmother before they followed the accused person to his house to confront him.
The girl’s grandmother told the court that Morapedi claimed that he did not know how he ended up in the hut in which the girl was sleeping.
The investigating officer, Detective Constable Dimpho Muthetho of Tatitown Police told court that when they questioned Morapedi, he blamed a witchcraft spell cast on him by his enemies for the trouble he caused.
“When I asked him questions he said he was bewitched and he does not know what happened,” said the officer.
The case continues on the 30th of July this year.