Man sentenced for 2008 rape

2016-09-28 06:00

EIGHT years ago, on 24 June a 22-year-old man raped a mentally challenged seven-year-old girl in the Ahrens area. The little girl was playing with her two-year-old sister when Sipho Msayi Khumalo grabbed her, throttling her as he pushed her to the ground and raped her.

The traumatised seven-year-old, sobbing and disorientated managed to walk to her mother and aunt to report what had happened. Although the young girl struggled to walk as a result of the assault, she was able to identify the rapist. He was arrested by Greytown FCIS.

Khumalo appeared in the Greytown Regional Court on 19 September and was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment and declared unfit to possess a firearm.

Investigating Officer Captain Budloo said her team welcomed the sentence. The delay in bringing the rapist to court was that no DNA had been found at the time, but thanks to the determined investigation of the FCIS team and the input of Regional Court prosecutor, Mrs Premie Naidoo, the rapist had been brought to justice.

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