Child murderer: ‘Forgive me’

2015-08-17 09:46
After recent mass rape allegations Sudan says no rapes occurred in Darfur, but the UN wants further inquiry into the matter.

After recent mass rape allegations Sudan says no rapes occurred in Darfur, but the UN wants further inquiry into the matter. (Shutterstock)

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Pietermaritzburg - A man who admitted having raped his 11-year-old neighbour and slit her throat so that she would not point him out as her attacker, begged for forgiveness in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Friday.

He was later sentenced to an effective 40 years’ imprisonment for the rape and murder of Luyanda Maseko by Acting Judge Anand Maharaj.

Prior to the sentence Lindokuhle Zwane, 20, apologised to the family of the victim and his own relatives for his deeds. He asked to be forgiven.

The court heard that he had been drinking prior to the incident, but Zwane said he knew what he was doing at the time.

The incident took place at Ntinini, Babanango, on August 1.

In a statement detailing what happened Zwane said he went to his neighbour’s home and found a child in the two-roomed structure.

“She was asleep and I removed the blanket from her. She woke up and I told her to undress herself. She undressed and I lowered my zip.”

He said he raped the child but when she indicated she felt pain he stopped.

“I used a knife that was in the room and stabbed the deceased once on the back of her neck and then I slit her throat. I killed her because she could identify me as she was my neighbour,” he added.

Zwane said he hid the knife he used in a toilet, then went home and went to sleep.

He was arrested by police the following day.

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