Rapist dad ‘got what he deserved’

2013-04-27 00:00

A 13-YEAR-OLD Pietermaritzburg girl who was raped by her father received the news of his 20-year jail sentence by saying he had got what he deserved — and that she hated him.

Her mother was “almost cheerful with relief” at the news, said their attorney, Kate Crouch, who broke the news to them by phone yesterday.

The mother and her two daughters moved to another province after she walked in on her husband “about” to rape the teenager in March. She handed him over to police.

When arrested, the man admitted he had raped his daughter between last December and March 4.

In his plea he said he raped her for the first time after becoming aroused by the sight of her in her swimming costume.

Yesterday his lawyer, Amsha Narayan, said he asked her to pass his apology to his daughter.

However, prosecutor Ricky van Wyk said this did not show real remorse because he had been “caught in the act” and the case against him was overwhelming.

Crouch said the teenager’s mother did not want to comment on the apology yesterday.

“She said she will tell her daughter, but that she hates him [her father],” she said.

Crouch said the mother was “hugely relieved” that the case was over and she was satisfied with the sentence.

She was so relieved that she became almost cheerful and felt that they could move on with their lives.

The next thing was to get the divorce finalised, said Crouch.

The girl is receiving counselling.

“She still gets very emotional and she has good days and bad, but is apparently settling down well at her new school,” the attorney added.

Pietermaritzburg regional magistrate Jennifer Anthoo told the rapist that as the guardian of the victim he had abused his position of trust.

“You failed your daughter. You held the highest duty of care towards her.

“This court is the upper guardian of all children and needs to send a clear message to the community that these types of offences will not be tolerated.

“It is clear to the court that the very fabric of society is being destroyed by acts like these.”

Anthoo said the extreme trauma the girl had suffered was clear from her victim impact statement in which she said she wished her father was dead.

But Anthoo found there were compelling and substantial circumstances that justified less than the minimum prescribed sentence of life imprisonment.

These were that he was a first offender, was capable of being rehabilitated and that he had saved his daughter the additional trauma of having to testify against him by pleading guilty.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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