An attempt to have his rape charges dropped proved futile for a 40-year -old man from Thamaga village as he was effectively sentenced to ten years in prison for raping his sister.
Before his sentencing, Oteng Motlhalosinyane Mophakedi produced an affidavit which proved that his victim had forgiven him and wanted the charges dropped.
“May the court forgive me as I am a bread winner and a first offender. My sister has also since forgiven me for what I did,” he pleaded.
His plea however fell on deaf ears as Senior Magistrate William Modise said it was not possible to drop the charges.
“The minimum sentence is ten years, which you cannot escape. You were supposed to protect your sister not violate her,” he said.
According to the charge sheet, on January 19, 2012 at around midnight, Mophakedi entered his 24-year-old half sister’s bedroom and dragged her by the neck into their mother’s bedroom who was away at the time.
He told the sister that he was raping her because he did not like her behaviour and because she was his half sister.
Later on the following day, the victim reported the incident to her grandmother who called the mother who then said the incident should be reported to the police.