The name of the accused is concealed to protect the victim, as he is her uncle. The incident took place in Dennilton, at the victim’s grandmother’s place in 2019.
LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR UNCLE WHO RAPE AND BRIBED NIECE WITH FOUR RANDS
Upon their arrival at the grandmother’s house, they entered the house and the accused grabbed and dragged her into her aunt’s bedroom. He then undressed her and closed her mouth with his hand and raped her. After the ordeal, he gave the victim four rands and told her not to tell anyone.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the offense, but in aggravation of the sentence, the state Adv. Chwayita Mkhwayimba prayed for a life sentence. He further argued that there are no substantial or compelling circumstances present to the court, to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence.
CULPRIT DECLARED UNFIT TO WORK WITH CHILDREN
Therefore, the court sentenced the accused to life imprisonment, declaring him unfit to possess a firearm and unfit to work with children. The court further said that the name of the accused should be recorded in the sexual offender’s book.
The National Prosecuting Authority welcomes the sentence. They applaud the good work of Advocate Mkhwayimba and the investigation team.
“We will continue to fight the scourge of Gender-Based-Violence.”
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