A 32-YEAR-OLD Hibberdene father was convicted of the rape and assault of his nine-year-old daughter in the Scottburgh Regional Court and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment each of two counts of rape and cautioned and discharged for common assault. The sentences are to run concurrently. The case was investigated by Captain Zithulele Zama of the Port Shepstone Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit (FCS). On 6 January, 2015, the little girl, who lives with her grandmother and relatives in Nyangwini Ward, Hibberdene returned from her father’s house at about 6pm and ran up to her grandmother, crying. She complained that she had been assaulted by her father. A few hours earlier, the father had taken his daughter [victim] and her aunt, also a little girl, to his rondavel about 300 metres away. The other girl left the father and daughter together and returned to her mother, the victim’s grandmother. The father’s neighbour alerted the grandmother that she had heard the victim crying in her father’s house saying she should be examined. The victim then reported that she had been raped by her father twice the previous year. The matter was reported to the police who investigated the allegations. The biological father was arrested and charged with two counts of rape and assault common and he was brought before court. Major-General Agnes Nxamagele, the Ugu (Port Shepstone) Cluster Commander, commended the FCS detectives for the thorough investigation of the case and for ensuring that the rapist dad was put behind bars. “It is heartbreaking that a father could betray his daughter’s trust and ravage her little body to satisfy his lust. The little girl need not live in fear anymore as her father will be behind bars for many a year to come,” said Nxamagele.