Lit­tle girl’s rapist tells of Mxit pho­tographs

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News - Ta­nia Broughton

RAPE VIC­TIM’S MOTHER

“What he did to her will be in her soul for­ever.”

So said the mother of an eight-year-old girl who was raped two years ago by Bluff res­i­dent Wayne Parkes‚ who then used the images to cre­ate child pornog­ra­phy.

“I wish to never see his face again. She doesn’t know how to live or who to trust any­more‚” the mother said in a vic­tim im­pact state­ment handed in dur­ing sen­tenc­ing pro­ceed­ings be­fore mag­is­trate Karen Moope­nar in the re­gional court in Dur­ban on Fri­day.

Ear­lier this year‚ the mag­is­trate con­victed Parkes‚ 47‚ on two counts of rape and 3‚288 counts of cre­at­ing and pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy re­lated to images of chil­dren per­form­ing sex­ual acts with adults and other chil­dren. These were found on his com­puter.

The child‚ who lived in the neigh­bour­hood‚ is be­lieved to fea­ture in some of the images.

His ar­rest two years ago was as a re­sult of a “track and trace” in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The case is be­ing closely mon­i­tored by the United States Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity‚ which tipped off the South African au­thor­i­ties.

In ar­gu­ment on sen­tenc­ing‚ pros­e­cu­tor Jerome Gnanapra­gas said the in­ter­net – and spe­cific pornog­ra­phy sites – were con­stantly mon­i­tored by gov­ern­ment en­force­ment agen­cies around the world.

It was only through “quick and ef­fi­cient” po­lice ac­tion that they iden­ti­fied the rape vic­tim in some of the images on Parkes’ com­puter and phone‚ Gnanapra­gas aid.

The girl was traced to the East­ern Cape and brought to KwaZulu-Natal to tes­tify.

Parkes made cer­tain ad­mis­sions‚ which led to his con­vic­tion on all charges.

“There was in­sur­mount­able ev­i­dence against him‚” Gnanapra­gas said. “He must be re­moved from so­ci­ety.

“If this case is not a case that war­rants life im­pris­on­ment‚ then what is?”

Parkes was ar­rested in 2016 along with two other men who are still to stand trial.

Ini­tially he de­nied all charges and chal­lenged the ad­mis­si­bil­ity of ev­i­dence ob­tained from a search and seizure of two cell­phones and a SIM card.

In an in­ter­view with a so­cial worker‚ Parkes said that he had been sex­u­ally abused sev­eral times when a child and as a teenager.

He said he had be­gun us­ing the Mxit in­stant mes­sag­ing ap­pli­ca­tion at the age of 13 and had met many peo­ple through the site.

“We later be­gan to ex­change porno­graphic pic­tures. To my sur­prise‚ the peo­ple in the pho­tographs just kept get­ting younger and younger un­til they were of mi­nor chil­dren‚” he said.

Parkes will be sen­tenced later this month and the mag­is­trate will also rule on whether he will be listed on the sex­ual of­fend­ers’ regis­ter. –

I wish to never see his face again. She doesn’t know how to live or who to trust any­more

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