Life in jail for housebreaker who raped sleeping teen

2017-05-18 18:30
Shaun Reagan van Niekerk, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a 13-year-old girl during a housebreaking. (SAPS)

Shaun Reagan van Niekerk, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a 13-year-old girl during a housebreaking. (SAPS)

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Cape Town – Northern Cape police on Thursday welcomed the life sentence that was handed down to a man who was convicted of breaking into a house and raping a 13-year-old girl.

Shaun Reagan van Niekerk, 33, broke into a house in Steynville, Hopetown, in March 2016 and found the girl sleeping inside.

He forced himself on her and raped her, causing her to scream for help from her grandfather who was sleeping in another room, said Captain Sergio Kock.

Van Niekerk, who was known to the victim, fled the scene and was arrested the following day.

On Wednesday, the Hopetown Regional Court handed down life for the charge and six months’ imprisonment for house breaking. The sentences would run concurrently.

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