Pensioner sentenced to life imprisonment for rape of minor

NELSPRUIT � The Mhala Regional Court handed down a life imprisonment term to a 63-year-old pensioner, who cannot be named to protect the minor, for raping a six-year-old minor.

The incident occurred in October 2017, at Welverdiend Village, outside Thulamahashe. The court heard how the accused threatened the minor who was sitting outside her grandmother's house before taking her to the toilet where he raped her and threatened to kill her if she revealed what had happened. The following morning, the little girl's brother called her mother after she saw that she (girl) was struggling to get out of bed, after checking up on her, they noticed injuries on her private part. The girl was then taken to hospital for medical assistance where it was confirmed that she had been raped. The mother reportedly confronted the accused and he apparently confessed to having committed this evil deed.

The matter was then reported to the police who acted swiftly and duly arrested the accused the following day.

The court also heard that the grandmother, who was staying with the victim and her siblings was in a relationship with the accused and when the child reported the incident to her (grandmother), she tried to cover up for the accused.

The Provincial Commissioner of the Police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma welcomed the sentence, and applauded members of the South African Police Service for their hard work and determination in collecting all the evidence that positively linked the accused, leading to this conviction and long sentence.

Source: South African Police Service

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