A Francistown man, who wasd accused waylaying schoolgirls in the bush and raping them has been convicted on a single count of rape.
On Monday, Francistown magistrates’ court heard that 38-year-old Dimpho Lekgetho of Kgaphamadi location raped a 16-year-old Francistown Senior Secondary School (FSSS) student.
Prosecution proved that on the morning of March 1 2012, Lekgetho strangled and dragged the student into the thickets before having sexual intercourse with her. According to court papers, the teenager was walking to school when the incident occurred.
Convicting Lekgetho, Francistown principal magistrate Thebeetsile Christian Mulalu said that the girl’s claims were corroborated by the medical report form produced in court as part of the prosecution witness.
The presiding officer further pointed out that the medical report has also explained that the victim suffered some bruises on the vaginal walls – a development that suggests that the sexual intercourse was forced.
Mulalu also noted that the victim successfully identified the accused person because she had a good look at him when he was dragging her into the bush.
During trial the schoolgirl told the court that Lekgetho raped her at knife point, using a condom. A white condom wrap found at the scene was produced in court as evidence.