Rapist uncle sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment – niece’s two-year nightmare ends

OUT of fear for her life, a 12-year-old rape victim had to remain quiet for two years.

Now, her worst nightmare might be over as the man who raped her was convicted and sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court on March 31.

The 27-year-old man, whose identity may not be revealed as it could also reveal the identity of his niece, was declared unsuitable to work with children.

“His name has been entered into the National Register of Sex Offenders,” said Scottburgh SAPS communications officer, Captain Vincent Pandarum.

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Despite the rape of the girl – eight years old at the time – taking place in January of 2013, the matter only came to light two years later following a routine virginity test which was conducted by tribal authorities revealing that she had been sexually abused.

“She was further examined at the Dududu clinic and subsequently at the GJ Crookes Hospital in Scottburgh, where the initial finding was confirmed,” said Captain Pandarum.

Adding testament to the fact that it is never too late to report a crime, the reporting of the matter to the Dududu SAPS resulted in a case of rape being opened for investigation after it was deemed that sufficient evidence was available.

The case was later transferred to the Port Shepstone Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for investigation.

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Meanwhile, the rapist uncle had fled to Pietermaritzburg in an attempt to evade arrest.

Detectives of the FCS Unit located and arrested him.

“Let this be a warning to others like him, that we will do everything in our power to root them out of society and put them in prison, where they belong, so that our women and children can be safe,” said Ugu Cluster commander, Major-General Sethenya Nxamagele, who also commended the investigating officer, Sergeant Vuyiswa Dlamini of the FCS Unit.


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