On 26 July 2016, Newcastle Regional Court convicted and sentenced a 26-year-old male to life imprisonment for rape and kidnapping. On 5 October 2010 at about 14:00 at Charlestown area outside Newcastle, a then 11-year-old victim was on her way home when she was accosted by the accused. He dragged her into the nearby bushes and raped her. A case of rape was opened at Charlestown Police Station and the docket was transferred to Newcastle Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) for further investigation. Members worked tirelessly until the accused was brought to book on the same day of the incident. He appeared in the Newcastle Regional Court several times until he was successfully prosecuted and sentenced.
In a separate conviction, the accused (35) who was a husband to the victim was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for rape and sexual assault of his wife (33). During May 2010 the accused came home when his wife was already sleeping. He raped her and tried to insert a can of fish in her private part. The accused was accusing his wife of having an affair with another man. She was also assaulted by the accused. A case of rape and assault was reported in the Newcastle Police Station and the docket was also transferred to FCS for thorough investigation. Through investigation, the accused was arrested for rape and assault. It appeared that he was also wanted for a murder case that was reported in the area. He was also charged for that murder was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for that murder.
The Acting KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bhekinkosi Langa welcomed the sentences. “All sexual offenders will be sent to prison indefinitely so that they can face the consequences for their actions. This should be a warning to those who think of committing such crime that the police will make sure that criminals are brought to book,” he said.