A MALANGENI man (25) was sentenced to life in prison for raping his six-year-old niece while the mother, left her and her sister in his care in February last year. According to police spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum, on February 26 last year, a 30-year-old Malangeni mother went out, leaving her two daughters at home in the care of their paternal uncle who lived with them. When she returned home later that day, she observed her six-year-old daughter behaving strangely and visiting the bathroom frequently. She examined the child and found that she had been sexually violated and was hurt. When questioned, the child replied that she had been raped by her uncle and warned not to tell anyone. The matter was reported to the Umzinto SAPS and a case of rape was registered and assigned to Detective Sergeant Nonkululeko Mgqibisa of the Umzinto Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit (FCS) for investigation. The uncle, who fled the scene, was subsequently arrested by police and made to stand trial. Major General Sethenya Nxamagele, the Ugu Cluster Commander commended Sergeant Mgqibisa for the excellent investigation of the case and securing a conviction. “It is sad when elders who are supposed to care for and protect children, betray their trust and abuse them. This sentence will send out a strong message to others who may have thoughts of committing similar offences. My prayer is that, with proper counselling, the little girl will recover fully from her terrible ordeal”, said Nxamagele. — Supplied.