Child rapist sentenced to life behind bars

A 64-year-old man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for repeatedly raping a young child.

A 64-year-old man, accused of repeatedly raping a nine-year-old girl, was sentenced to life in jail in the Madadeni Regional Court on Tuesday, November 16.

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According to police reports, the first incident occurred in 2014, when the girl was sent to the shop by her mother.

The elderly man called her to his house, and when she refused, he allegedly threatened her until she went to his house. He allegedly then raped her, and threatened her and her family’s lives if she reported the incident to anyone.

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Newcastle SAPS Corporate Communications Liaison Officer, Lizzy Arumugam said out of fear, the young girl never told anyone about what had happened. However, in 2015, she was on her way to school when the man saw her, chased her and grabbed her.

“He forced her back to his house where he raped her again.”

Mrs Arumugam said in March 2015 the girl’s mother questioned her daughter about unusual behavioural patterns.

The girl was reluctant to disclose any information about her ordeal because she was afraid.

“The mother requested the assistance of an educator who interviewed the girl, and managed to get the victim to tell her what happened to her.”

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A case was opened at oSizweni Police Station and the docket was handed over to Newcastle Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS).

Through an intense investigation, the accused was arrested and charged with rape.

KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa welcomed the sentence handed down to the accused.

“I also extend my gratitude to the educator who interviewed the victim, by doing a sterling job in getting the victim to speak out about her ordeal without traumatising her further. This sentence will serve as a strong message to those who think of committing such crimes, as we approached the 16 Days of Activism for Violence Against Women and Children,” he concluded.

Zianne Leibrandt

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