Man sentenced for raping young niece

2017-04-13 06:00

A 27-YEAR-OLD man appeared in the Scottburgh Regional Court on Friday, March 31 where he was convicted of raping his niece and sentenced to 18 years.

His name has been entered in the National Register of Sex Offenders and he has been declared unsuitable to work with children. His name has been withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

The victim, who lives in Mjunundwini Ward, Dududu was raped by him in January 2013 when she was eight.

In 2015, when she was 10, she underwent a routine virginity test carried out by tribal authorities that revealed she had been sexually abused.

She was further examined at the Dududu clinic and subsequently at the G.J. Crookes Hospital in Scottburgh where the initial finding was confirmed. The matter was reported to the Dududu SAPS and as sufficient evidence was available to indicate that the child had been raped, a case of rape was registered.

The case docket was transferred to the Port Shepstone Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit (FCS) for investigation.

The suspect, the half-brother of the victim’s mother, fled to the Pietermaritzburg area to evade arrest.

FCS Unit detectives found him and he was arrested.

The case was investigated by Detective Sergeant Vuyiswa Princess Dlamini of the Port Shepstone FCS unit.

Major General Sethenya Agnes Nxamagele, the Ugu Cluster Commander, commended Sergeant Dlamini and the Port Shepstone FCS for the successful arrest and subsequent conviction and sentencing of the child rapist. “An uncle who was supposed to be a father-figure to the child, betrayed her trust and violated her. The 18-year prison sentence will ensure he does not prey on innocent young children again. Let this be a warning to others like him.”

- Supplied.

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