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Pietermaritzburg - A man was sentenced to 22 years' imprisonment by the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday for rape, KwaZulu-Natal police said.
Sibusiso Didis Nkosi, 26, was found guilty of raping an 85-year-old disabled women in her room at an old age home in Paulpietersburg shortly after midnight on March 12, 2011, Captain Thulani Zwane said.
“He entered the room through a door that was not locked and raped the victim. The accused fled the scene on foot,” Zwane said.
Nkosi was arrested shortly after the attack and charged with the rape.
“The case was transferred to Vryheid family violence, child and sexual offences unit members, who collected all required evidence by the court for the purpose of good conviction.”
Zwane said Nkosi was denied bail and appeared in court on various occasions until he was convicted and sentenced in the High Court on Friday.
KwaZulu-Natal commissioner Lt-Gen Mmamonye Ngobeni said: “We as (the) South African Police Service condemn such brutal attacks on vulnerable elderly women by these heartless criminals who do not respect the rights of women and children.
“Sibusiso Nkosi, like any other criminals already convicted by our courts, do not deserve to be in our community and this sentence will send a strong message to others who might think of committing such crimes.” - Sapa