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Man sentenced to six years in jail for statutory rape

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The Springbok Regional Court recently handed down a six-year term of imprisonment to a 26-year-old man after he was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl in Carolusberg.

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THE SPRINGBOK Regional Court recently handed down a six-year term of imprisonment to Abongile Sibekwa, 26, after he was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl in Carolusberg, Springbok.

The offences occurred between April 1 and November 17, 2021, when the accused and the complainant stayed in the same block of rental flats in Carolusberg.

Northern Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Timothy Sam said Sibekwa would invite the girl over to his room and have sexual intercourse with her.

“The girl’s mother learnt about the incidents and reported it to the police,” said Sam.

He added that Sibekwa was arrested and later found guilty by the court of statutory rape.

“He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm. His name will be entered into the national sex offenders register.”

The Northern Cape provincial commissioner, Lieutenant-General Koliswa Otola, commended the investigation and prosecution team for “ensuring safer communities that are sensitive to the needs of women, children and LGBTQIA+ persons”.

The investigating officer, Detective Constable Agnes Vena. Picture: SAPS

The State prosecutor in the matter, Basil Kock. Picture: SAPS

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