Security guard rapist sentenced to life behind bars

A MALVERN man, (61), was handed down two terms of life imprisonment in the Pinetown Regional Court after being convicted of the rapes and sexual assaults of two minor boys.

The accused was a security guard at a train station in the area and the boys used the train to commute to school.

“The accused befriended the boys on different occasions and encouraged them to play truant from school. He would take the boys back to his home and perform oral sex on them. Also, he would have sex with them or force them to have sex with him,” said KZN spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority, Natasha Ramkissoon-Kara.

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The accused was arrested when one of the children reported the offences to his father. The police were informed and they arrested the accused at his home.

“During the trial, Regional Court Prosecutor Ms. Simphiwe Dube led the evidence of both the children and the court found that their evidence corroborated each other. Medical findings supporting the rape and sexual assault, on the complainants, were also handed in to the court.

“Further, victim impact statements facilitated by Court Preparation Officer Mrs Bonnie Mthethwa and compiled by the complainants gave an account of the trauma that each boy experienced as a result of the accused’s action,” said Ramkissoon-Kara.

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The accused was sentenced to five years imprisonment for each of the five counts of sexual assault and a term of life imprisonment for each of the four counts of rape.

“The court ordered that counts one to eight run concurrently. Thus resulting in two terms of life imprisonment,” Ramkissoon-Kara.

The Director of Public Prosecutions in KwaZulu Natal, Adv Moipone Noko said, “This sentence is indeed pleasing as sexual predators such as the accused belong behind bars. However, the damage done to the complainants is disturbing. Well done to the Prosecutor in this matter.”

 

 

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