By Phila Audrey Tuba
On Thursday, November 11, A 35-year-old father who had raped his 8-year-old daughter appeared in the Bhisho High Court where he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
The man from Phakamisa was convicted of raping his daughter when she visited him on December 19, 2020 and slept over.
The court was informed that the child had woke up in the middle of the night to find her father lying on top of her. He raped her and threatened her not to tell anyone. The girl returned home to her mother, who is also situated in Phakamisa, the following day.
The girl told her aunt about the incident a few days later, after the family members had noticed that she was walking with difficulty. A medical examination of the girl was conducted, and it revealed that there was forced penetration.
During the aggravation of sentencing arguments, advocate Jodwana-Blayi led the evidence of the forensic report, social worker, and of the victim’s aunt. Their evidence depicted a deep betrayal by the father towards the daughter, who loved and trusted him.
Advocate Jodwana-Blayi further argued that the father showed no remorse concerning what he had done to his own daughter. During the sentencing the court noted that the State persistently argued that there were no substantial and compelling circumstances to deviate from the minimum sentence of life imprisonment.
The court agreed and subsequently, the father was sentenced to life imprisonment. The Director of Public Prosecutions Barry Madolo congratulated advocate Jodwana-Blayi for successfully prosecuting the case and representing the State well during the trial.