Stepfather rapist gets 20 years in jail

2012-12-03 00:00

A RAPIST stepfather was sentenced to 20 years in jail by the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court for raping his 12-year-old stepdaughter in 2010.

The child’s mother had since filed for divorce.

On Friday, the mother could not stop weeping at court while giving evidence against the man she said she had loved and respected.

She sad her husband raped her daughter in their bedroom while their other eight-year-old girl slept next to her sister.

Constantly wiping her tears and drinking water, she vowed to protect her children against any abuse.

The disappointed woman cannot be named to protect the victim.

She told the court that not only had the man’s actions broken the trust she had had in him, but the incident had also divided their family and traumatised her children.

Giving evidence, she said: “You betrayed the trust my children had.

“Not only did you violate her, but you destroyed the love and relationship we had as a family.

“Our youngest daughter couldn’t spend a day without you. But after what you’ve done, she keeps on asking me questions I can’t even answer.”

During the session, the husband was also crying.

While giving evidence, the woman constantly referred to her husband as myeni wami (my husband) and by his clan names as a sign of respect.

“Myeni wami. The things you did are painful. I almost lost my job because I was not focused.”

She pleaded with the court to send him to jail for a long time.

The incident happened during the 2010 World Cup school holidays. The woman said on the day of the incident, her husband walked her to work.

Handing down sentence, magistrate Rose Mogwera said the family still needed counselling.

“This family still needs counselling to come to terms with the pain and trauma you caused,” said Mogwera.

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