THE Pietermaritzburg Regional Court convicted and sentenced Msize Mvelase (40) to 20 years’ imprisonment for raping a 14-year-old girl recently.In January, the victim was approached by the accused while on her way to the shop. The accused told her that he was looking for someone and asked her if she knew the person. He then grabbed her and dragged her to the nearby bushes where he raped her. The victim then went home and reported the crime to her aunt.As they were discussing the incident, members of the community arrived with the suspect as someone from the community had witnessed the girl being dragged into the bushes. With the assistance of community members, the witness managed to apprehend the accused, who was handed over to the police. A case of rape was opened at Taylors Halt Police Station and was assigned to the Plessislaer Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for investigation. The accused made several appearances in court and was kept in custody until he was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment.— Supplied.