Man jailed for raping 2-year-old

2013-05-21 19:23

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Johannesburg - An Mpumalanga man was jailed for five years by the Nelspruit Regional Court on Tuesday for raping a 2-year-old girl.

The man, now 24, committed the crime in Msogwaba near Nelspruit in 2005 when he was 16, according to a Sapa correspondent.

The prosecution pushed for the man to be handed a heavy sentence as he initially denied raping the child, who was now 10, and only pleaded guilty on 1 March this year.

"He only pleaded guilty when he saw he had no way out, after a DNA test report presented before court by a health official proved the child had been raped," said State prosecutor Elize du Plessis.

Magistrate André Geldenhuys, in passing sentence, said evidence showed the accused did not grow up in a stable house and under stable circumstances.

"It's quiet clear he was moved almost on a yearly basis from different family places. He stopped at Grade 4 due to financial problems.

"All in the family ended school in Grade 8," he said.

"The accused started work at a very young age. Lack of space in the home he lived exposed him to sexual incidents by older people sleeping in the same place with him."

He said the man was given an opportunity by the family to settle the matter out of court, but he chose to deny responsibility.

The magistrate said although the mother did not act responsibly when she left her then 2-year-old with the then 16-year-old boy for many days, she trusted him enough to look after her child regularly.

"The accused did not show any remorse as he was looking for a way out. He pleaded guilty only after eight years, on fear of the consequences, after seeing the evidence against him is strong," he said.

Geldenhuys said the reason for the lenient sentence was because the man was 16-years-old at the time, and that since the incident was reported, he had not committed other offences.

"If you behave well in prison, you may get paroled earlier. There's hope you can take your right place in society to work and support your future children," Geldenhuys said.

"Your name will be placed on the national sexual offenders register.

"You are declared unfit to work with children."

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