Jail sen­tence for eShowe rapist

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Larry Bent­ley

THE Inkanyezi Re­gional Court con­victed and sen­tenced a 26-year-old man to 20 years im­pris­on­ment for rap­ing a rel­a­tive.

The case arose from an in­ci­dent in Fe­bru­ary, 2013 when a 31-year-old woman was on her way to visit a friend in the KwaNyembe area.

She was fol­lowed by the ac­cused, who grabbed her while she was walk­ing through a for­est and then raped her.

A friend who was ex­pect­ing a visit from her, re­peat­edly phoned her, but she did not answer.

A search was con­ducted and she was found the fol­low­ing day, in­jured and un­con­scious.

A case of rape was opened at Mbon­gol­wane po­lice sta­tion and was as­signed to the eShowe Fam­ily Vi­o­lence, Child Pro­tec­tion and Sex­ual Of­fences Unit for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The ac­cused fled the area, but was ar­rested in Um­gababa last year.

He re­mained in cus­tody un­til his sen­tenc­ing on Fri­day.

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