Man gets 21 years for raping cousins

2011-12-23 00:00

A 21-YEAR-OLD yesterday pleaded guilty and was sentenced at the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court for the rape of his cousins. The girls were left in his care at their Mpophomeni home near Howick.

The man will serve 21 years in jail for two rapes and for consensual sex with children under the age of 16.

The man, whose name is withheld to protect the victims, pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and consensual sex, saying he was with the girls on the night of December 13, this year, when he raped them.

In his plea statement, he said the girls came home late that day and he beat them for that and sent them to bed.

Later, one of the victims came to his bed and said she wanted to have sex with him and he agreed. He added that he was aware that it was wrong to have sex with a girl who was under the age of 16.

He said he wanted to have more sex after that and he decided to approach the second complainant, who was asleep. He tried to wake her up, but could not and decided to rape her. When she woke up and screamed, he left her.

In the third incident, he said he asked the complainant, who is mentally retarded, to have sex with him. “… she agreed, we had sex”.

Magistrate Riaan de Wet said the man betrayed the trust placed in him. He said the man showed remorse by pleading guilty and not wasting the court’s time and also by protecting the complainants from coming to court and having to give evidence that would have made them suffer emotionally. He then sentenced him to 18 years for each count of rape and three years for the consensual sex and ordered that the two sentences of rape run concurrently, making the effective sentence 21 years.

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