Mother faces trial for cruel punishment

CHARGED: The woman is to be tried in court

A Kumakwane woman who is facing a charge of cruel punishment has told the court that she assaulted her 16-year-old daughter for stealing her money.

The 38-year-old mother, who cannot be named to protect the child’s identity, told Molepolole Principal Magistrate- Solomon Setshedi, that on December 28th, 2022, her daughter stole her money in Molepolole and spent it at a night club.

Although she pleaded guilty, the woman also accused her teenage daughter of stealing her two burner stove, pots, bowels and towels.

In view of the accused woman’s presentation of facts, the magistrate ordered that the matter be scheduled for setting of trial dates since she was defending herself.

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“There is no peace at home, since the case was registered before the police, It’s difficult to reprimand my daughter. She always tells me that nobody can do anything to her because she will report to the police,” explained the seemly stressed mother who was advised by the court to consult the social welfare office for intervention.

The mother is accused of tying her daughter’s hands and legs with a rope and cutting her ear with a shard of glass.

The court heard that the Botlhapapelo ward native tied the girl with a church rope and assaulted her with a piece of wood and she sustained some injuries on the head and left ear, a punishment considered unreasonable in degree.

It is alleged that after she tied her daughter’s hands, she continued assaulting her with a stick and a wooden plank on the head, leaving her with a wound and another cut on the thumb.

The wooden plank, sticks and blue wools which were to be shown as exhibits before court were returned to the police station, pending trial. The mention date was schedule for May 25th, 2023.

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EXHIBITS: The plank, sticks and church rope
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