Man gets 20 years for raping nine-year-old

A man accused of raping a nine-year-old was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Friday, September 8. The sentence was handed down by magistrate, Jenny Pillay.

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The accused, Sipho Enock Mtshali, was a neighbour to the victim and a close family friend. On the day of the ordeal, it emerged that he had called the victim on the pretence to assist him with the house chores and he then took advantage of her and raped her.

The victim was found after her parents went in search for her and later that day, found her pressed under the bed of the accused.

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In handing down the sentence, state prosecutor, Ishara Sewnarayan called witnesses and also handed in DNA evidence linking the accused to the crime. The accused was subsequently found guilty and sentenced to 20 years.

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