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An accused who was found guilty of attempted rape and assault of a 15-year-old girl in Kimberley was sentenced to four years imprisonment, while a 31-year-old Northern Cape father was sentenced to one year behind bars for contravening a protection order and assaulting his minor daughter.

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AN ACCUSED who was found guilty of attempted rape and assault of a 15-year-old girl in Kimberley was sentenced to four years imprisonment.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Merapelo Pilane said the incident took place on July 30, 2022, at about 8pm, when the 15-year-old girl and her cousin visited a local club.

“They were joined by the accused, who was 17 years old at the time. He later accosted the complainant in a bathroom where he assaulted her and tried to remove her clothes,” Said Pilane.

“She managed to escape and reported the matter to the Kimberley police. A case of attempted rape was opened and handed to Detective Sergeant Ontshebile Charlotte Pulane from the Kimberley Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit. The accused was subsequently arrested.”

Pilane added that the accused was convicted and sentenced to four years direct imprisonment by the Kimberley Sexual Offences Court.

The investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Ontshebile Charlotte Pulane. Picture: SAPS

Pilane added that in an unrelated matter, a 31-year-old Northern Cape father was found guilty of contravening a protection order and assaulting his minor child.

“On June 11, 2023, the accused, who is the father of the child, beat her with a belt until she was rescued by an elderly family member.

“Detective Constable Beverly Matlhale of the Galeshewe FCS unit was the investigating officer. The accused was sentenced to one-year imprisonment, wholly suspended for a period of five years on condition that he is not found guilty of the same offence, by the Deportshoop Magistrate’s Court.”

The Northern Cape provincial commissioner, Lieutenant-General Koliswa Otola, welcomed the conviction and sentencing.

The investigating officer, Detective Constable Beverly Matlhale. Picture: SAPS
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