A dad’s betrayal

2013-03-19 00:00

AN affluent Scottsville dad has admitted raping his 13-year-old biological daughter not once, but on several occasions over four months.

He told the Pietermaritzburg regional court yesterday that he had been swimming with his daughter in December last year when he “became aroused” by seeing her in her swimming costume.

As a result he had raped her, although the sexual act was not completed on that occasion. After that he had repeatedly raped his daughter until March 4 this year.

He added that although his daughter did not voice any objection, he was aware that he was acting against her will.

The accused was arrested during a week of high drama when another man, a 32-year-old from Clarendon, was caught performing oral sex on his seven-year old son.

Both men were caught red-handed by their wives who happened to return home unexpectedly.

In response to questions by Pietermaritzburg regional court magistrate Jennifer Anthoo, the man (39) said he had not been forced by anyone to plead guilty to the charge, nor was he promised anything in return for pleading guilty.

Anthoo warned him that he faces a possible minimum sentence of life imprisonment for the offence unless the court finds that there are substantial and compelling circumstances which justify a lesser sentence.

The man said he understood, but nonetheless chose to continue with his plea.

In a statement read to the court by his legal aid attorney, Amsha Narain, the man admitted having committed sexual acts with his daughter on various occasions from December up until this month.

The man said he was very remorseful for his actions and asked the court to show him whatever mercy possible.

Anthoo found him guilty of a single count of rape arising from the incidents, based on his plea. She found that he had admitted all the legal elements required to prove the rape charge.

Regional court prosecutor Ricky van Wyk asked for a postponement to enable the prosecution to establish whether the accused had a previous criminal record, as well as an opportunity to obtain victim impact statements from the rape survivor and those close to her.

A probation officer will also interview the accused and prepare a pre-sentencing report to assist the court when deciding on a suitable sentence. The case was adjourned until April 9 for that purpose.

The accused was remanded in custody.

Meanwhile, the Clarendon man is due to appear in court again on April 2.

The man has indicated that he too wants to plead guilty, but he has not entered a formal plea yet.

ingrido@witness.co.za

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