In March 2017, a concerned mother noticed that her 11- year-old daughter was afraid of her stepfather and, on questioning her, the child revealed that she had been raped by him on at least three occasions. The suspect, a 35-year- old general worker at a school in Braemer, Port Edward, was arrested and appeared in the Port Shepstone Regional Magistrates Court. He was convicted on October 11 to life imprisonment. In a separate incident, on August 6, 2017, at about 3am in the morning, a 16-year-old young woman was asleep at a residence at Mlozane Ward in Ezinqoleni when she heard 25-year-old Sthembiso Mduduzi Nkonyeni bang on the door.When she opened the door, he withdrew a knife and dragged her away. He threatened anyone who attempted to follow that he would stab his victim. On the way, he raped the teenager in the bushes several times. After attempting to flee, he stabbed her in the chest and twice in her back. Neighbours came to her rescue as they walked past other homesteads and contacted her family. The Port Shepstone FCS Unit began investigating the case and made an arrest as the suspect was known to her and the local residents. Nkonyeni was convicted on July 4 in the Regional Court in Ezinqoleni to 14 years’ imprisonment for rape and four years’ imprisonment on charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. The sentences are to run concurrently. The accused’s name will also be entered in the National Register for sexual offenders and he has also been declared unfit to possess a firearm. The investigating officer in both these cases was Sgt Sbonelo Ntini. The Ugu Cluster Commander, Major General Nxamagele, thanked and commended the investigating officer for his sterling efforts in investigating the cases and securing the convictions. — Supplied.