Bulelani Mhlahlo, 37, convicted of raping a seven-year-old girl, was sentenced to 18 years behind bars by the Tsomo Regional Magistrate’s Court, Eastern Cape police said on Thursday

Police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha, said that the sentence was passed down on Wednesday.

Manatha said the child had confided in her mother and it was discovered that the girl had been raped in March 2015.

She was raped at Mhlahlo’s house in the Madopholweni Locality, Sokapase Village, Ngqamakhwe.

The case was investigated by the Butterworth Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS).

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Butterworth Cluster Commander, Brigadier Ngangema Xakavu welcomed the sentence.

He also commended the investigating officer for investigating the case professionally.

Author: ANA Newswire