An Uncle [40] has been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by the Regional Court in Modimolle, Limpopo for the rape of his seven-year-old niece.

The Court heard that the accused raped the girl at Smashhoek Informal Settlement in the Waterberg District in June 2019. It is reported that the victim was called by her uncle in the afternoon to come to his room which is opposite her residence.

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The incident happened during a family gathering ceremony that was hosted a few houses from the Crime Scene.

The victim went to the accused room and upon arrival, the accused closed the door and raped her. The minor child was later released by the accused but she did not report or inform anyone about the ordeal.

Reports indicate that the neighbour of the accused saw the victim entering and became suspicious when she realized that the child spent a long time inside the room and informed her aunt.

The child was interrogated and she revealed that she was feeling pain in the stomach and genitals. The victim was immediately transported to the local hospital for medical examination. It was later confirmed that she has been raped.

The matter was immediately reported at the Northam Police Station and a rape case was opened. A massive manhunt for the suspect was then launched. The accused was subsequently arrested the very same day by members of the community at Smashhoek Informal Settlement. He was handed to the Police.

MODIMOLLE MAN ARRESTED FOR RAPE OF HIS NIECE

The case was transferred to the Thabazimbi Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) for further investigations.

Furthermore, the accused was also declared unfit to possess a firearm. His particulars are to be included in the National Register for Sexual Offenders.

“I appreciate the sterling work that was displayed by the Police and other stakeholders involved to ensure that perpetrators are continuously rooted out of the Society. For the safety and comfort of the inhabitants of this Province,” said Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.