Man gets life for raping girl

2016-03-09 06:00

A FREE STATE man was sentenced to life in prison for raping his nine-year-old niece, police said on Friday (04/03).

The man was handed a life sentence for rape and three years for house-breaking in the Botshabelo Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday (02/03), while the girl’s mother was sentenced to five months in prison for child neglect.

Police spokesperson Const. Peter Kareli said the man had raped the girl on 10 October 2014 at about 23:00.

The girl was sleeping with her six-year-old brother.

They were alone in the house while their mother went out on a drinking spree, Kareli said.

He said their uncle had broken in and went straight to the fridge and prepared food.

After he had helped himself to the food, he went to the bedroom, took an electric cable and tied the boy’s hands before forcefully raping his niece, Kareli said.

“The children managed to get themselves to sleep . . . and the mother only arrived in the early hours of the morning, drunk.”

The girl was later rushed to hospital after she had told her aunt that her uncle had raped her.

The man was arrested at a local tavern in Botshabelo.

“Investigation revealed that the nine-year-old girl was always left to look after her brother while their mother went for a night out.”

The mother was arrested and charged with child neglect. The two children were moved to a place of safety.

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