A Hibberdene father has been convicted by the Scottburgh Regional Court for raping and assaulting his 9-year-old daughter, South Coast Herald reports.
The 32-year-old man was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on each of the two counts of rape.
It was heard in court that on January 6 last year the girl, who lives with her grandmother in Nyangwini Ward, Hibberdene, returned from her father’s house and told her grandmother that she had been assaulted by her father.
Captain Vincent Pandarum told The Citizen on Tuesday that the man had asked for the little girl from the grandmother and hence led her with another girl to his rondavel, 300m away from the grandmother’s home.
The other child was let to go and he remained with his daughter. Helpless during the encounter, the girl cried and a neighbour to the father heard this and alerted the grandmother, who then suggested she should be examined. This led to his arrest and he was charged with two counts of rape.
The child disclosed that she had been raped twice by the father the previous year.
The case was investigated by Captain Zithulele Zama of the Port Shepstone Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit (FCS).
Major General Agnes Nxamagele, the UGU (Port Shepstone) Cluster Commander, commended the FCS detectives for the thorough investigation of the case and for ensuring that the rapist was put behind bars.
“It is heartbreaking that a father could betray his daughter’s trust and ravage her little body to satisfy his lust. The little girl need not live in fear anymore as her father will be behind bars for many a year to come,” said the general.
– Caxton News Service