Man gets life for raping 9-year-old

On November 20, the Scottburgh Regional Court sentenced Philani (Popeye) Ngcobo (23) to life imprisonment for rape.

It is alleged that on March 20, 2016, the victim, a nine year-old girl was sent to a shop in the Umkomaas area, when she was grabbed by the accused and dragged into the nearby bushes where he raped her.

The victim reported the matter to the elders and a case of rape was opened.

The docket was transferred to Umlazi Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit for further investigation. The accused was apprehended within three days.

After a prolonged trial, the prosecutor secured a life sentence for the accused.

An aggravating factor in this crime is the fact that the child suffered such severe injuries, that will require further medical treatment.

“The recent sentences handed down to criminals who attack and abuse vulnerable women and children proves that police units in the province will make sure that the culprits are locked behind bars for a long time,” said the KwaZulu Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa.

MSCRS Reporter

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