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NC man gets life behind bars for raping teen

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A 28-year-old Northern Cape man was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Kuruman Regional Court for raping a 14-year-old girl.

A 28-YEAR-old man, Kagiso David Madito, was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Kuruman Regional Court after he was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl.

The regional spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the Northern Cape, Mojalefa Senokoatsane, said the incident occurred on September 15, 2017, in Dithakong, near Kuruman.

“On the day of the commission of the crime, the victim walked from her home to collect her phone that had been charging at her aunt’s place. On her way back home, at around 8pm, the accused (Madito) grabbed her from behind and ordered her to undress. When she refused to undress, the accused took out a knife and started stabbing her in the arms and thighs and thereafter he raped her,” said Senokoatsane.

“After the rape, the victim went home and reported the incident to her late mother. She was able to inform her mother about the person who had raped her as she was able to identify the accused as someone she knew from around the village. She was able to identify him due to the light from the full moon that evening.”

Senokoatsane said Madito denied the charges against him.

“The accused was arrested and he pleaded not guilty to the charges. During the trial, the accused in his defence denied the rape as well as the assault. He indicated that he and the complainant were in fact in a relationship, as they had been in constant communication even before the incident.

“The court found that the version of the accused although possible was improbable and thus rejected it, resulting in finding him guilty and he was sentenced to life imprisonment on the count of rape.”

Senokoatsane said the aggravating evidence also pointed against Madito’s version of events.

“The regional court prosecutor, Keekeletso Lekota, maintained that the court should not deviate from the suitable sentence of a life sentence, as the accused had shown no remorse for raping a child and that it would be in the best interest of the community if he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

“The accused was found guilty on the evidence of the complainant alone, as the first reporter, the mother, had since passed on. The State, however, had applied to have the mother’s statement admitted into evidence in terms of section 3(1)(c) of the Hearsay of Evidence Amendment Act, to corroborate the complainant’s version and satisfy the cautionary rule.

“The J88, the Photo Album and the DNA results were also used by the State as corroborating evidence to that of the complainant.

“The conviction and sentence confirm the commitment of the NPA in the fight against gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) and to ensure that citizens can continue to live in freedom and security within their communities,” Senokoatsane concluded.

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