KZN courts sentence two rapists

KZN police hope the sentences will send a strong message during the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.

A 34-year-old man was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for raping a 65-year-old woman, KwaZulu Natal police said on Friday.

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said the incident occurred on 24 December 2015, at about 10pm, while the 65-year-old woman was asleep at her homestead at Ezibandleni area, Glendale.

She reportedly heard a noise coming from the window which was the accused, Nkosinathi Trueman Msomi, forcing his way in.

“The accused forcefully grabbed the victim and raped her. A case of rape was registered at Glendale Police Station. The accused was immediately arrested and made several court appearances until his sentence,” Gwala said.

Meanwhile, in another case, the Eshowe Regional Court sentenced a man to 20 years imprisonment for rape.

“His sentence came after the court heard how he had raped a 14-year-old victim. It is alleged on 20 May 2016, at approximately noon, at Vonono area, Nyoni, the victim was on her way home from school when she met the accused,” Gwala said.

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Gwala said Lungisani Mthembu forcefully grabbed and dragged the 14-year-old girl to the nearby sugarcane plantation where he raped her.

The rape case was opened at Nyoni Police Station for further investigation and Mthembu was arrested.

KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa welcomed the sentences handed down to accused and applauded detectives for work.

“These sentences will send a strong message as we are celebrating the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, that we will make sure that the rapist are locked behind the bars for a long time,” he said.

Africa News Agency (ANA)

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