The Seshego regional court in Limpopo has sentenced a stepfather [52] to two lives in prison for raping his 12-year-old stepdaughter.

The court heard that the stepfather who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, repeatedly raped her in November 2019 in the absence of the mother.

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The Court heard that in January 2020 at about 08:30, the mother of the victim found the accused red-handed in a tussling with the victim trying to rape her. She wrapped herself with a towel as she was about to bathe and the mother found him in progress.

The victim further revealed the ordeal of the two previous incidents of rape that occurred in the year 2019. The victim kept it secret as she was threatened that if she revealed she would be killed by the accused.

TWO LIFE SENTENCES FOR STEPFATHER WHO RAPED HIS STEPDAUGHTER IN SESHEGO

The case of rape was opened against the Stepfather at Seshego Police Station. It was afterwards transferred to the Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation.

The accused was granted bail after he handed himself to the Police following the successful manhunt for him from his place of employment.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the Court outcome. She pointed out that this will serve as a deterrent to other rapists.

The Court has ordered that the details of the accused be endorsed in the Register for Sexual Offenders. He is also declared unfit to possess a firearm.