Cop jailed for raping teen

2009-08-10 00:00

A FORMER police inspector with the crime prevention unit at Plessislaer, Sikhosiphi Khoza (45) of Sweetwaters, has been sentenced to an effective 10 years in prison for the rape of a 16-year-old girl in 2007.

The court found that the schoolgirl sought Khoza’s help when her ex-boyfriend assaulted and abused her. He assisted her, but later indecently assaulted and raped her.

Sentencing Khoza on Friday, Pietermaritzburg Judge Kate Pillay said sentencing is always difficult, but more so in a case like this where the accused was a person entrusted to protect the community from the very transgression of which he was guilty.

The case predates legislation that now prescribes a minimum of life imprisonment if the victim is 16 or younger, and the minimum sentence in respect of the case was one of 10 years’ imprisonment if the court did not find any substantial circumstances to justify a lower term.

Pillay said Khoza’s advocate, Di Franklin, urged the court to have regard to the fact that Khoza willingly came to the girl’s assistance when she asked him for help, that he had no intention at that stage to rape her and that he in fact did help her.

He also was a “seasoned” police officer with many years of service who was well known in the community for helping others. As a result of his transgression he has lost his job.

Pillay said until the day that Khoza “gave in to his carnal desire” and threw away 20 years of “meritorious service”, he had an unblemished record.

On the other hand, the complainant was a young schoolgirl who sought help and protection from Khoza.

“She trusted you to come to her assistance and you did. Then you abused that very trust she put in you.”

Pillay said Khoza has not shown an “iota” of remorse.

It is also aggravating that he produced his firearm during the

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