Man raped daughter, niece

2008-05-13 00:00

A man found guilty of raping his 12-year-old daughter and niece multiple times in one night in 2006 in Sinathing, Pietermaritzburg, after forcing them to watch a pornographic video was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday on each of the two rape charges.

Judge Piet Koen described the offences committed by the 36-year-old man as “horrific”.

The accused’s name has been withheld in order to protect the identity of the victims.

Judge Koen said both little girls suffered numerous injuries and psychological trauma.

The medical doctor who examined them and had to record the injuries to their genitalia could not do so in the available space on the forms he used. “This is probably the most extensive list of injuries to genitalia I have seen in my career [on such a form],” the judge said.

He said the only factor in the accused’s favour was that he was a first offender.

This was far outweighed by the “devious and well-planned manner” in which he set about raping the victims, the judge said.

He said the man orchestrated a situation in which the children were isolated, and he then corrupted their young, innocent minds by making them watch a pornographic video.

Evidence also made reference to his use of “gold bullets”, which might be a form of stimulant, during the incident.

Having set the scene, the rapist subjected both the girls to repeated rapes, going from one to the other in turn.

Afterwards, he threatened them with death in order to silence them.

After the incident, when he met his daughter, he in fact boasted to her about what happened.

“He has shown absolutely no contrition or remorse,” said Judge Koen.

The judge said the man had abused the trust of both girls who were entitled to look to him for protection, especially in light of evidence that the man’s daughter was abandoned by her mother and left in his care four years earlier.

The court was told that the man is the father of four girls, one of whom died in infancy. His surviving children (including the victim) are aged 17, 13 and seven years old.

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