Child rapist imprisoned life

2015-08-05 06:00

Child rapist was imprisoners for life.

Child rapist was imprisoners for life.

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FOUR years ago a 12-year-old mentally disturbed girl was raped in the Msinga area. On 30 July, the Greytown Regional Court sentenced Jabulani Mungwe (23) to life. On 10 June, Mungwa had pleaded not guilty to the charge before Greytown Regional Magistrate, Mr Ngema, resulting in a long trial proceeding.

The assault occurred on 12 September, 2009 when the victim, walking home from a shop with two youngsters, was grabbed by the attacker who threw stones at the other two to chase them away.

They ran to the victim’s mother to tell her what had happened. She went to look for her daughter and found her semi-naked, assaulted, terrified and distressed. Her mother reported the rape to the Msinga SAPS. The rapist, who had fled the area, was arrested on 16 December, 2013.

The prosecution relied on forensic, medical and eye witness evidence in proving its case against the accused.

Constable Mbatha, Greytown FCS, ensured that forensic evidence was correctly obtained before it was analysed by the forensic science laboratory in Pretoria. Although the result was a tricky in that no seminal fluid was found, by a twist of fate, the accused’s blood was found, so it emerged that the accused obviously had an open bleeding wound which he left on the clothing the victim had been wearing.

Mungwa, in defence, alleged that the victim was his girlfriend. However, the state proved, in conjunction with evidence from witnesses, that this was not true.

Public prosecutor Mrs Premie Naidoo, for the state, put up a strong argument that a life sentence be imposed on the accused. She argued that the minimum sentence legislature should be invoked as there existed no substantial or compelling factors in this case for the court to consider a deviation from the prescribed minimum sentence of life imprisonment.

She also submitted that the accused’s name be entered into the sexual offences register of the country and for the accused to be declared unfit to possess a firearm. The court agreed and ordered it to be done.

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