Preacher gets life for rape

2015-12-18 06:00

A PREACHER (36) was given life imprisonment in the UMzimkhulu Regional Court last week for the rape of a 14-year-old girl in Nxapanxapeni location last year.

The incident occurred after a church service when the accused invited the girl and her mother to accompany him and his wife to their home.
He told them he had a muthi that would cure the child of the nightmares she was having.

On reaching the house, the accused and the girl went inside while the accused’s wife went to do washing and the girl’s mother remained at the front gate. Once inside, the accused asked the girl to undress. She did so, but kept her underwear on.
He then forcefully removed her underwear, made her drink the muthi and then raped her. He then opened the door and she ran outside shouting that the accused had raped her. She was immediately taken to a doctor who examined her and confirmed the attack.

In aggravation of sentence, regional court prosecutor, Arnold Mavana, handed in the victim’s impact statements facilitated by court preparation officer, Maureen Xaba. He argued that there were no substantial and compelling circumstances for the court to depart from the prescribed minimum sentence.

“The National Prosecuting Authority welcomes the sentence. We hope this sentence has a deterrent effect on would-be offenders,” said NPA spokesperson Natasha Kara.
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