Man gets life for raping 9-year-old

2015-02-07 00:00

A MAN was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday at the Pietermaritzburg regional court for the rape of a nine-year-old girl.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Kara said Senzo Paulos Hlongwa lived in the same area as the victim when the heinous crime took place. “The girl was sent to his house to borrow a wash basin. On seeing the girl, the accused pulled her into a room and raped her,” said Kara.

Hlongwa threatened to kill the girl and this forced her to keep the incident a secret from her family. “She returned to his house later that day to return the wash basin and he raped her again,” she said.

Kara said the girl’s mother noticed a change in her behaviour, especially when she refused to sleep in the same bed as her little brother.

“On questioning her about what was wrong, the girl revealed to her mother that she had been raped by the accused,” said Kara.

In her victim-impact statement the complainant wrote: “This incident really changed my life because even when I play, I have flashbacks and feel my tears coming and I cry. I was a child that enjoyed playing with other children and greeting people, but now I am always quiet and scared. I have lost hope. I do not love myself like before.”

Regional court prosecutor Mariam Aboobaker argued there were no substantial and compelling circumstances for the court to deviate from the minimum sentence, and the court sentenced the accused to a term of life imprisonment.

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