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Man Sentenced To 115 Years For Multiple Sexual Offences Against Children

The accused faced a total of 18 charges under the Sexual Offences Act 32 of 2007, including rape, compelled rape, sexual assault, and possession of child pornography. Overwhelmed by the overwhelming evidence against him, the accused pleaded guilty to all counts.

The De Aar Regional Court has handed down a significant sentence of 115 years to a 56-year-old man who was found guilty on multiple charges, including rape, compelled rape, sexual assault, and sexual grooming.

The case came to light when a minor male victim, who was living with the accused, bravely reported the sexually inappropriate behaviour to his school. The matter was promptly reported to the police, leading to the accused’s arrest in October 2021.

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During the bail application in the Phillipstown District Court, the prosecution successfully opposed the accused’s release. Subsequently, the police initiated a thorough investigation, which uncovered several other victims who were willing to come forward.

Shockingly, it was revealed that the accused had been sexually abusing young boys as young as 11 since 1999. Over the years, numerous boys lived with the accused, enduring years of sexual abuse until his eventual arrest.

The accused faced a total of 18 charges under the Sexual Offences Act 32 of 2007, including rape, compelled rape, sexual assault, and possession of child pornography. Overwhelmed by the overwhelming evidence against him, the accused pleaded guilty to all counts.

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The consultations with the victims and state witnesses, led by State Advocate Tevaughnay Van Wyk and Court Preparation Officer Sinazo Ndletyana, took approximately one year to complete.

The prosecution encountered various challenges in finalising the case, particularly because many of the children were reluctant to testify against the accused.

However, the court emphasises the importance of parents and guardians taking concerns raised by their children seriously and promptly reporting any indications of possible sexual abuse to the authorities. This proactive approach enables the investigation and prosecution of such cases.

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In sentencing, the court imposed a total of 115 years for the crimes committed against children. The accused received varying sentences, including 10 years for rape, 10 years for compelled rape, and 5 years for indecent assault, sexual assault, incitement to commit a sexual offense, flashing, instructing another to commit a sexual offence, compelled sexual assault, causing a child to witness a sexual act, and possession of child pornographic images.

These sentences will run concurrently, resulting in a 30-year imprisonment for the accused.

This significant sentence highlights the National Prosecuting Authority’s unwavering commitment to combat Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF), particularly concerning women and children.

It serves as a stern reminder that such heinous crimes will not go unpunished, and the justice system will continue to protect the most vulnerable members of society.

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Keitumetse Modise for SurgeZirc SA
Keitumetse Modise for SurgeZirc SA
Keitumetse Modise is a passionate and dedicated local news writer who brings the latest news and updates from your community straight to your doorstep. With years of experience in journalism, Keitumetse has established herself as a reliable source of information, covering a wide range of topics that matter to you.
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