A 31-year-old man who tried to buy the silence of his child rape victims with R10 was sentenced to two life terms in prison by Mankweng District Court in Limpopo on Wednesday.
The incidents took place in Toronto, Mankweng, in September 2017, when the defendant lured two underage neighbors who were playing in the street into a house.
He called each child into the house on different occasions, with the promise to give them money.
“The minors followed him into the room and he undressed them before raping them. He would give them 10 rand after the incident and warn them not to tell anyone,” said National Law Enforcement Agency (NPA) spokesman Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi.
The first victim was 11 years old when she was raped.
She told her mother 10 days later and the matter was reported to the police.
The second victim was raped two weeks later. She, too, reported the incident to her mother a few days later and a case was opened.
During the trial, the defendant – who is not named to protect the identity of his victims – pleaded not guilty to both of the charges.< /p>
The state took testimony from six witnesses, including two physicians, who examined the children.
The state also filed J88 forms to support the physicians’ statements about the injuries sustained confirm by the girls. The J88 is the official form for recording injuries sustained by crime victims.
There was no DNA evidence as the rapes were delayed in reporting the rapes to the police.
Victim reports of the probation officer showed that the first victim had difficulty falling asleep and had nightmares while calling the defendant’s name. After the incident, she was reluctant to go to school and suddenly changed her attitude toward her brother, as well as becoming disrespectful to family members.
The second victim’s academic performance dropped slightly after the incident, as she lost concentration slightly. She became aggressive towards classmates.
The conviction report for the defendant was submitted by the state, which recommended that he be sentenced to life in prison on both counts.
Magistrate Fanie Reynolds could find nothing convincing circumstances deviate from the imposition of the prescribed minimum penalty. He sentenced the accused to life imprisonment for each rape. Penalties run simultaneously.
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