In­mate gets 15 years for rape

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Or­rin Singh

THE Empangeni Re­gional Court on Fri­day con­victed and sen­tenced Sibu­siso Thokozani Man­qele (39) to 15 years im­pris­on­ment for rap­ing a 24-year-old in­mate.

In May 2017, the vic­tim was in­side his prison cell at a prison in Empangeni when the ac­cused left his prison cell, en­tered the vic­tim’s cell and threat­ened to stab him with a sharp­ened tooth­brush and then raped him.

The vic­tim re­ported the in­ci­dent to a prison warder.

Empangeni po­lice were alerted about the in­ci­dent and a case of rape was opened.

It was trans­ferred to Empangeni Fam­ily Vi­o­lence, Child Pro­tec­tion and Sex­ual Of­fences Unit for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The ac­cused was im­me­di­ately charged for rape and suc­cess­fully pros­e­cuted.

He was con­victed and sen­tenced to 15 years im­pris­on­ment.

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