Rapist grandpa gets life sen­tence

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

A YOUNG girl who was reg­u­larly raped by her grand­fa­ther was fi­nally avenged when her rapist was sen­tenced to life in prison at eSikhaw­ini Re­gional Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day.

Dur­ing the court case it was re­vealed the 53-year-old grand­fa­ther started sex­u­ally as­sault­ing the young vic­tim in their home at Inyembe Re­serve out­side Port Durn­ford area in July 2014.

The per­pe­tra­tor took ad­van­tage of her when they were left alone while her grand­mother was at work.

The young vic­tim was only 12 years old when the ordeal started.

Through her tes­ti­mony, the young vic­tim said the old man had threat­ened to kill her and her brother if she re­ported the in­ci­dent to any­one.

The se­ries of abuse con­tin­ued un­til 2017, when the vic­tim re­ported the mat­ter to her teacher.

A case of rape was re­ported and opened at eSikhaw­ini SAPS.

The docket was then trans­ferred to Em­pan­geni Fam­ily Vi­o­lence, Child Pro­tec­tion and Sex­ual Of­fences Unit for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

After a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the FCS Unit the grand­fa­ther was ar­rested and charged ac­cord­ingly.

His bail ap­pli­ca­tion was de­nied and he made sev­eral court ap­pear­ances while still in po­lice cus­tody.

‘It is hoped this harsh sen­tence will send a clear mes­sage to other rapists as well as high­light the con­cern that our chil­dren are harmed by those clos­est to them,’ said KZN po­lice spokesper­son, Lieu­tenant Colonel Thu­lani Zwane.

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