Rapist gets life imprisonment

2016-06-08 06:00

CONVICTED rapist Blessing Linda Khanyile (28) was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday, 27 May, at the KwaDukuza Regional Court for kidnapping and repeatedly raping a 14-year-old girl on 1 April 2014.

Khanyile was sentenced to four years imprisonment for the kidnapping.

KZN SAPS spokesperson, Major Shooz Magudulela said the victim is from Ohlange area in Newark and was on her way home when she was abducted by Khanyile who took her into his house and raped her repeatedly.

“The victim’s father heard that his daughter had been kidnapped by the accused and went to the accused’s house. On arrival he approached the accused and the accused assaulted him and continued to rape the victim. The matter was reported to the Newark police and the accused was arrested on 3 April 2014 and charged accordingly. The docket was assigned to KwaDukuza FCS for further investigation. Khanyile made several court appearances until he was convicted and sentenced on Friday,” said Magudulela.

KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bhekinkosi Langa praised the KwaDukuza FCS for their dedication in solving the cases and sending Khanyile to prison.

“We will continue to protect women and children from rapists and we hope the sentence will send a strong message to other would be rapists who target our vulnerable women and children,” he said

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