Life imprisonment for HIV-positive stepfather for 10 years of rape

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A 53-year-old man will spend the rest of his life in prison. The High Court of South Africa, Eastern Cape Division, handed down the sentence to the man who has been found guilty of continuously raping his stepdaughter for ten years. This, while knowing that he was HIV-positive.

The South African reported that the abuse began in 2008 when the victim was 11 years old. The sexual attacks would happen every time her mother would go to church and leave the two together.

According to The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani, told EWN that the victim broke her silence in 2018 when her stepfather assaulted her for having a boyfriend.

He was the stepfather of the complainant with whom he created a good relationship

The South African reported that Advocate Sakhumzi Mtsil argued for the life imprisonment of the man, and he emphasised that his actions indicated that the abuse was planned. He said, “In most incidents, he would make sure that he was alone with the complainant and raped her. He was the stepfather of the complainant with whom he created a good relationship and distanced her from her mother, therefore the complainant trusted him and he abused and destroyed that trust. The complainant regarded him as her own father. The accused abused the complainant for 10 years.”

Ngcakani further told The South African, ‘While the victim visited during September 2018 the stepfather discovered a photo of her boyfriend in her phone. He then took her to a forest where he assaulted her with fists and a piece of wood. He continued to assault her even later on in the day. As a result, she sustained a fractured wrist and bruising over her lower body.”

It was when the victim returned to the police training college after this incident that she decided to break her silence.

The NPA welcomes the sentence

The sentence covers 10 years imprisonment for attempted murder as he was fully aware of his HIV positive status; five years imprisonment for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm; and 12 months for assault.

His application for leave to appeal the sentence of life imprisonment was refused.