A twenty-four-year-old man was convicted and sentenced to ten years in jail for raping his aunt.

According to the complainant's testimony, she was sleeping at her house in Ndwedwe when her brother's son broke in and raped her. She reported the matter to her family and the suspect was questioned about it.

He vehemently denied the allegations, calling his aunt all sort of derogatory names. The victim reported the matter to the police and the suspect was arrested. Magistrate Jenny Pillay found him guilty as charged.

In his closing argument, the defence lawyer, Mr Mkhize, asked the court to show mercy when sentencing his client. Mkhize argued that the accused was still young and had a chance to be rehabilitated in prison. He suggested that a suspended sentence was suitable. The state prosecutor, Ms Isha Sewnarayan, did not agree. She told the court that the accused's crime was a disgrace to the victim and it caused a disagreement among family members.

She also mentioned that the offence was degrading, humiliating to the victim. Sewnarayan said the court should not deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence.

In sentencing, Magistrate Pillay decribed the offence as barbaric, humiliating and disrespectful. She agreed with the state prosecutor that the accused did not show any respect, remorse to what he did.

Pillay acknowledged that the crime was premeditated as he knew what he was doing and had planned it. The magistrate sentenced the accused to 10 years in jail.

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