Man sentenced to life imprisonment for rape of 14-year-old relative

2019-04-01 15:44
Victim not pictured (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES)

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 A 44-year-old man has been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment at the Durban High Court for raping his relative.

On 2 February 2018 the 14-year-old victim was alone at home at Emfume area, Amanzimtoti, when she was approached by her relative who lived next door.

According to KZN SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane, the victim opened the door as she did not suspect anything might go wrong. The accused requested to see her grandmother and he was told that she was not around. The accused went away and later he came back again. He forcefully entered the house and threatened the victim with a pistol. He raped the young girl and then left the house.

A case of rape was subsequently opened at Amanzimtoti police station.

The case was thoroughly investigated, and the accused was arrested two days after the incident. He was charged with rape and after well-prepared evidence presented at court, the accused was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

What you can do if someone you know has been raped

 Statistics released in Parliament state that 41% of rapes which take place in South Africa are against children as reported by IOL.

 According to Focus on a family, the most immediate things you can do for someone who has been raped are:

 

·         Encourage her to seek medical assistance.

·         Be supportive.

·         Be patient.

·         Provide unconditional support and comfort.

 

RAPE HELPLINE: 021 447 9762

 

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