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Man sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a 9-year-old girl

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Dec 12, 2021

A 38-year-old man was recently sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a nine-year-old girl in November 2020.

THE MAN WAS OUT ON PAROLE FOR RAPE

According to National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Regional Spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani, the man from Peddie, Zamumzi Ntlokwana, is not related to the little girl but is known to her and her family.

“On 28 November 2020, at approximately 20:00, the accused visited the victim’s home, which is also situated in Peddie. He found the child with her younger brother and their caregiver. Ntlokwana sent the caregiver to the shop to buy cigarettes for him.

“He then instructed the little girl to switch off the television and the lights. He then told the children to go and sleep in their bedroom, and while they were asleep, Ntlokwana entered their bedroom, undressed the girl, and raped her,” Ngcakani said.

THE DOOR WAS LOCKED AND LIGHTS OFF

She said when the caregiver returned an hour later, the lights were off and the door was locked.

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“She knocked at the door for some time, but Ntlokwana did not open immediately because he was busy raping the child. He then threatened to harm the child if she dared report the rape,” Ngcakani said.

THE MAN PLEADED NOT GUILTY

Ntlokwana pleaded not guilty and his defence was that he was with his girlfriend in his shack that evening and the girlfriend testified in his defence.

“However, evidence proved that they were untruthful. In aggravation of sentence the prosecutor, Advocate Vatiswa Jodwana-Blayi, led the evidence of the investigating officer, Sergeant Nozuko Booi with regards to Ntlokwana’s previous convictions.

“When he committed the crime, Ntlokwana was on parole as he had been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for several charges which include rape,” she said.

HE WAS OUT ON PAROLE AS HE HAD BEEN SENTENCED TO 15-YEARS IMPRISONMENT

Advocate Jodwana-Blayi also led the evidence of the girl’s mother and the forensic social worker, Captain Ntombizandile Jiya, concerning the impact of the rape on the little girl.

“The NPA welcomes the sentence and applauds the investigation teams that assisted with the evidence during the trial,” Ngcakani concluded.

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