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NC detectives secure two separate statutory rape convictions

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Detectives attached to the Carnarvon SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit recently secured two separate convictions for statutory rape.

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IN THE Northern Cape, detectives attached to the Carnarvon SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit recently secured two separate convictions for statutory rape.

The first case took place on November 12, 2023, at around 2am, when a 13-year-old girl was discovered at an 18-year-old man’s residence in Carnarvon by her father. The girl admitted to having consensual sex with the man and was subsequently found to be pregnant.

The man was arrested, tried in court, and found guilty on April 3, 2024. He received a sentence of six years in prison, wholly suspended for five years.

In a separate incident on January 27, 2024, also in Carnarvon, another 13-year-old girl was found in a 21-year-old man’s shanty. She too admitted to having consensual sex with the man, leading to his arrest.

The man was tried in the Carnarvon Regional Court and on April 3, 2024, he received the same sentence as in the first case: six years in prison, wholly suspended for five years.

Both men’s names were added to the National Register for Sexual Offenders.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Sergio Kock said the SAPS management commended Detective Sergeant Marlon Eksteen and Detective Constable Dineo Potjeng from the Carnarvon FCS unit for securing the sentences, thus “ensuring justice for victims of GBVF (gender-based violence and femicide)”.

Kock added that police officers in the Province will continue to enhance their responses to combat crimes of this nature.

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