A 27-year-old man has been sentenced by the Durban Regional Court to 10 years in prison for raping his sister-in-law.
According to police reports, on July 21, 2013, the 16-year-old victim was at her place of residence on St. Georges Street, in Durban when she was approached by the accused, who overpowered her and then raped her, Rising Sun Chatsworth reported.
Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the victim managed to escape and sought help from neighbours, who urged her to report the matter to police.
The accused was immediately placed under arrest, and a case was opened at the Durban Central Police Station. The docket was thereafter transferred to the Durban Central Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit for further investigation.
Officers thoroughly investigated the case, which ensured that the accused was convicted and sentenced.
KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said: “This conviction is a victory for police officers who are defending our women and children. We hope that this victory will serve as a warning to others who intend to exploit those that are vulnerable in the society.”
This after the life sentence of a father who impregnated his teenage daughter was reduced on appeal to 15 years because no violence was involved.
Acting North Gauteng High Court judges A van Niekerk and J Kruger confirmed the father’s conviction on a charge of rape, but replaced his life sentence with a 15-year jail term in 2013.
The 40-year-old father in 2010 pleaded guilty to raping his 15-year-old daughter. He admitted enticing her into his room, which he locked before raping her after turning up the volume of the music playing to mask any sound she might make.