Cape Town man sentenced for child murder

2012-06-06 20:32

Cape Town - A man who raped and murdered his 8-year-old niece was sentenced to 30 years in jail in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.

Lindile Qhayi, 33, was handed down concurrent 30-year jail terms, for rape and murder, by Judge John Hlophe, as part of a plea and sentence deal.

Zhikona Qhayi's sand-covered body was found in bushes just 800m from her home in October last year, a day after she went missing.

Her uncle was arrested in November.

Western Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said detectives had worked around the clock to bring the perpretrator to book.

"Today, justice was served. The sentence will send a strong message to would-be offenders that crime does not pay, especially [if] perpetrated against children."

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