Boyfriend in court for abuse

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Lentswe, Hartbeesfontein – Neighbours came to the rescue of a 25-year-old woman who was held against her will in her boyfriend’s house.

She suffered injuries on her body where he allegedly tortured her by letting burning plastic melt on her.

Sgt Amogelang Mabihi, police spokesperson, said the 29-year-old John Mokgethi was arrested on Wednesday 9 October and charged with attempted murder.

According to the police, the woman was assaulted on 5 October and the torture continued until the 9th when she was able to get the attention of neighbours.

“The suspect allegedly burned the victim’s body with plastic and hid her in the house with no medical care. Since the victim usually help people with domestic work, they came to his place looking for her and he allegedly denied that she was even in the house.

“The victim screamed for help again on Wednesday 9 October after he left and the neighbours found her weak and naked.” The police were called and the victim was taken to a local clinic where she was transferred to Tshepong Hospital in a critical condition due to severe burns she sustained.

Mokgethi was arrested at his home and appeared in court the following day. He has been remanded in custody and was expected to appear again on Thursday 17 October for a bail application. A group of angry women protested outside court to oppose his bail. They were led by ward 1 councillor Gabriel ‘Paki’ Mqikela of Tigane.

She told Lentswe that they are going to attend to court again on the 17th to make sure that they oppose bail.

“It is so sad that incidents of this nature are now happening regularly and we condemn it. Men should be the protectors of the women and children. Women must not stay in an abusive relationships,” Paki said.