Convicted rapist sentenced to 20 years

2015-05-21 06:00

A MAN who raped a nine-year-old girl in March 2011 has been sentenced to an effective 20 years’ imprisonment at the Verulam Regional Court.

Sibusiso Nimrod Ndimande (37) was sentenced on Friday 12 May.

According to provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker, in March 2011, Ndimande took two children, aged six and nine, into his room at Southgate in Phoenix and raped them.

The children reported the incident to their parents and a case was opened at the Phoenix police station.

The docket was forwarded to the Phoenix Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for investigation.

Ndimande was arrested and charged with rape. His conviction came after an intensive investigation by a Phoenix FCS detective who gathered evidence and sent a well-prepared docket for prosecution.

“During the trial the family of the then six-year-old child refused to co-operate. They refused to testify at the trial and it was a major disappointment for the investigating officer who worked tirelessly to secure a conviction and put the rapist behind bars.

“Detectives and prosecutors pleaded with the family to testify so that the rapist could receive a stronger sentence. He was eventually convicted and sentenced on only the one rape,” said Naicker.

The KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni was disappointed when she heard the “family of the victim deprived her of her constitutional rights as a rape victim”.

“We appeal to the community to work with police in curbing crime and securing convictions by testifying in court. I thank the family of the other victim for their assistance with the testimony,” she said

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