Imbali child rapist sentenced to life

2017-01-18 06:01
PHOTO: SABELO NSELE Cluster commander Major-General Phumelele Makoba (left) shakes hands with warrant officer Solomon Mthembu.

PHOTO: SABELO NSELE Cluster commander Major-General Phumelele Makoba (left) shakes hands with warrant officer Solomon Mthembu.

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AN Imbali man, who raped a six-year-old boy in 2015, will spend the rest of his life behind bars thanks to the dedicated work of a Pietermaritzburg­ detective, Warrant Officer Solomon Mthembu.

The Pietermaritzburg Regional Court recently imposed a life sentence on Sibisi for raping the then six-year-old victim.

Mthembu, of the Plessislaer Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS), recently closed the docket of convicted rapist Simo Sibisi.

He had been investigating Sibisi since March 2015 after he was suspected to have lured a child, who was walking home from school, into his house where he raped him.

“It was his grandmother who suspected that the boy had been raped after­ she noticed how the boy was walking and that he was behaving strangely.

“The boy eventually told her the whole story after she started asking questions,” said Mthembu.

He said he found it difficult to get the boy to talk to him.

“He is a minor and also a boy. It was difficult to get him to talk. Thanks to our forensic social worker whom we usually refer the victims to, the victim was well-prepared for his court appearance,” he said.

Mthembu said he had to keep himself composed as the case dragged on in court.

“Generally in these cases it is not easy to get evidence that will link the suspects.

“These cases are always emotionally touching, but we have to be careful not to let our feelings get in the way. We stand for the truth,” he said.

Mthembu said he hopes the sentence will send a strong message to rapists.

Cluster commander Major-General Phumelele Makoba commended Mthembu. “As police we can do so much, but it is the investigation that can give good results. That is why I commend the investigating officer and the investigation that unfolded which in the end yielded good results.”

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