Mtun­zini rapist gets 16 years im­pris­on­ment

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

ONE of two men, who lured a young vic­tim into his house and raped her, was found guilty at eSikhaw­ini Re­gional Mag­is­trate’s Court on Tues­day.

Senzo Prince Xulu (29) was sen­tenced to 16 years in prison for the sex­ual as­sault of a 14-year-old girl at Mkhun­yana Re­serve in Mtun­zini in Au­gust 2015.

Dur­ing court pro­ceed­ings it was re­vealed Xulu and his now de­ceased friend took turns rap­ing her.

Ac­cord­ing to the vic­tim’s tes­ti­mony, Xulu had asked her to visit him and his friend at his house.

When she ar­rived at the house, the friend im­me­di­ately left for the shops.

Xulu was left alone with her in­side the house and that’s when he sex­u­ally as­saulted her.

Her tes­ti­mony also re­vealed that when the friend came back from the shop, he also raped her while Xulu was out­side.

The case was opened at Mtun­zini SAPS soon af­ter the vic­tim re­ported the mat­ter to the au­thor­i­ties.

Dur­ing the course of the trial, Xulu’s friend died.

Be­fore sen­tenc­ing, the mag­is­trate said there was no link or ev­i­dence which sug­gested the two per­pe­tra­tors had planned the at­tack to­gether.

His fi­nal con­clu­sion was that they both as­saulted the girl in­di­vid­u­ally, with­out the other’s knowl­edge.

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