A 35-year-old man in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), was convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexually assaulting his 33-year-old wife, Newcastle Advertiser reports.
In May 2010, an argument reportedly occurred between the suspect and his wife. He left the house but returned later while the victim was asleep.
“He raped her and tried to insert a can of fish in her private parts. The accused was accusing his wife of having an affair with another man. She was also assaulted by the accused,” provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said.
A case of rape and assault was opened at Newcastle Police Station, and the docket was transferred to the FCS unit for thorough investigation, Zwane added.
The accused was arrested, and police noticed the suspect was already a wanted suspect.
Police said through fingerprints, the man was linked to a murder case that had occurred in the area.
The suspect appeared in the Newcastle Regional Court on July 26 and was sentenced to seven years behind bars for his involvement in the murder case, in addition to the rape sentence.
Acting KZN provincial commissioner Major-General Bhekinkosi Langa welcomed the sentences. “All sexual offenders will be sent to prison indefinitely so that they can face the consequences for their actions. This should be a warning to those who think of committing such crime that the police will make sure that criminals are brought to book,” he said.
– Caxton News Service