Faith in Turmoil: SDA Pastor Charged in Prostitute’s Death
A 38-year-old member and pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Francistown, Botswana, Marvin Pelonomi Radihephi, is in hot soup after he allegedly killed a lady of the night.
Circumstances are that the pastor is alleged to have sought the services of a 48–year–old Zimbabwean woman of the night, Warricious Bhunu, with whom he spent the fateful evening in her rented room.
On the morn of Christmas Eve, a Saturday, the pastor emerged from the room and took to the wheel of a Volkswagen borrowed from a female friend. When Bhunu‘s friend came to see her and asked the man, who was sitting in the car, if the woman was in, she was soon discovered lying naked on the floor with used condoms by her side. In an instance, the pastor sped off, but not before witnesses had noted down the car registration numbers.
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The police were alerted, and Pastor Radihephi was tracked down and arrested whilst in possession of the same car. The deceased‘s body was subsequently repatriated, and she was laid to rest last month.
The pastor, who has appeared before the Maun Magistrate Court, was not asked to plead and was remanded out of custody, with the condition that he reports to Francistown Police Station every two weeks.
DNA and post–mortem results are eagerly awaited to aid the Directorate of Public Prosecutions in their investigations and to either exonerate or condemn the pastor.