An alleged violent rapist who reportedly beat his victim to a pulp and left her for dead has been caged.
Jack Dintwa, 33, of Sefhare village was denied bail both to protect him from angry relatives and to allow police to complete their investigations.
Dintwa is accused of raping and assaulting a 56 -year old woman and landing her in hospital with critical injuries on September 06th 2015 in Palapye’s Boseja ward.
Detective Sub-Inspector Bose Motswakae said the brutalised woman was in intensive care unit in Nyangabwe hospital fighting for her life.
“The complainant can’t even talk and has serious injuries on her face. The suspect’s life may be in danger because the woman’s parents are very agitated. Yesterday her children came and asked to see the accused but I declined,” Motswakae told Palapye Magistrate, Gofaone Mosweu.
Dintwa however was not convinced he could be in danger and insisted on bail.
He asked the magistrate to ignore the officer’s statement.
“The officer isn’t telling the truth. There have been no threats against me even from the man who is said to be her husband. The situation was just normal. People were just interested in seeing me when I was taken outside.”
“The victim’s family doesn’t even know me, so who will they attack? Besides, I don’t live in Palapye. I was just here temporarily to look for a job. Even my ID will show that I live in Sefhare your worship,” Dintwa pleaded.
Prosecutor Inspector Ditsapelo Emmanuel argued that there was doubt whether the victim would recover or die.
“ And If the victim dies the suspect is likely to face a more serious offence,” The inspector said.
After weighing the rights of all involved, Mosweu ruled that Dintwa be kept in prison while investigations continued.
She said while the accused was innocent until proven guilty it would be unreasonable to expect the cops to have wrapped up their case in two days.
“The complainant’s medical condition will also have an impact on progress of investigation,” said the magistrate.
Dintwa’s bail application will be reviewed every two weeks.