Teen has not spoken of rape

2013-10-17 00:00

A 15-YEAR-OLD girl who was raped and stabbed in the chest by a family member whilst visiting Pietermaritzburg last December, was too traumatised to talk about the incident.

This was revealed yesterday by probation officer Thamsanqa Gwala at the trial of the assailant Sthembiso Nkala (28).

Gwala said the child had returned home to the Western Cape after the incident and did not receive professional help.

The victim was in Pietermaritzburg yesterday where she prepared a victim impact statement for the benefit of the court, but again did not disclose details of the attack.

She wrote in a statement that she was having trouble sleeping and eating, had missed a great deal of school work as a result of the crime and her parents suffered financially.

Her mother stated that she “hates” Nkala and wants him to “rot in jail”.

Nkala previously pleaded guilty to the rape and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

On the day in question he said he’d invited the victim to go shopping for Christmas . Whilst walking with her later he started thinking of “all the money” he spent on her and became angry. Realising they were alone in a bushy area in Old Howick Road he drew a knife and raped her. Afraid she would tell family members about the incident, he stabbed her and fled.

Regional magistrate Corrie Grey­ling will sentence Nkala on October 23.

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