Uncle convicted for raping and killing his 18-month-old niece

By Chanice Jennike - 29 June 2019Views : 317

A 28-year-old man from Esikhaleni, KwaZulu-Natal, has been convicted and sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment for murder and rape by the Mtubatuba High Court on Thursday.

His sentencing follows the brutal rape of his brother’s 18-month-old child last year which resulted in her death.

According to a police report, in June 2018, the mother left her 18-month-old child with her husband’s brother at Mpembeni in Esikhaleni and proceeded to a local mall.

"When she returned home, she noticed that her child was in distress and in pain. The accused in whose care the child was entrusted, denied any knowledge of what happened to the child."

The child then passed away during the night.

An inquest docket was opened at Esikhaleni police station. Following a post mortem that was conducted, it was established that the child died as a result of being raped.

The inquest docket was then changed to murder and rape. The accused was immediately arrested and charged accordingly.