A 26 year old Braemar man appeared in the Scottburgh Regional Court on 20 April 2018 where he was convicted on two counts of rape and sentenced to two life sentences.
The man’s 11 year old niece went missing from home on 25 November 2016 at 14:00 and returned home the following morning at 06:00. When questioned by her mother, the little girl said that she had slept over at her uncle’s home.
Suspecting that something was amiss, the mother questioned her further and learnt that the child had been sexually violated by her uncle. A medical examination at the hospital in Scottburgh confirmed that the child had indeed been sexually assaulted.
A case of rape was registered by the Sawoti SAPS and assigned to the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit detective for investigation. The uncle was duly arrested and brought before court to stand trial.
Major General Bheki Langa, the KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner welcomed the sentence and commended the investigating officer for securing the conviction.
“Most of the sexual abusers and child molesters are known to their victims and many are relatives or family members. Parents need to be more alert of this fact and be preemptive by always knowing where their children are and not leaving them with someone who may take advantage of them. I am pleased that this child’s predator will spend the rest of his days behind bars away from children,” he said.
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