An angry uncle of the girl said it would be a terrible mistake for the court to grant Themba Tshuma bail, since he won’t let the cruel man walk the streets of Francistown free after what he did to his niece.
“He should be castrated because our children won’t be safe if he is off the hook. The police should have handed over this man to us so that we can properly discipline him. How dare he does such a horrible thing to an innocent little girl. He surely doesn’t deserve his manhood,” he fumed
Talking to The Voice outside court, the angry man dismissed the argument that Tshuma is mentally disturbed.
“I don’t want to buy the story that he is mentally challenged because he is married and has kids. Moreover he does not have any known history of a mental illness,” he said blaming the accused man’s parents for unnecessarily defending their cruel son.
Tshuma allegedly molested the little girl who is a play mate of his son at his parents’ home in Francistown.
The crime came to light after the suspicious mother noticed some dry whitish stuff, believed to be semen around her child’s mouth. On questioning her daughter, she was shocked to learn that Tshuma had put his manhood in the girl’s mouth.
The visibly angry and shaken woman called upon human rights and children’s organisations to help her pressurise the courts to give her child’s case first priority and also ensure that instant justice prevails.
“All I want is to see the man paying dearly for what he did to my child. If I had the means I would engage one of the best lawyers in the country so that the man does not elude justice. We are so traumatized by the whole issue and don’t even understand why he decided to do such a sinister thing to my child,” she said.
Earlier on in court the prosecution applied that Tshuma be remanded behind bars for his own safety.
“We are still waiting for a psychiatric report from the mental hospital. Since the accused and the victim stay in the same neighbourhood we have a feeling that the still angry parents and relatives of the victim could pause some danger to his life,” the prosecutor told court..
Magistrate Sijabuliso Siziba further remanded Tshuma behind bars, and ordered that he brought to court again on November 5.
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