A 33-YEAR OLD LUCAS SINDANE SENTENCED TO TWO(2) LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR RAPE.
The Secunda Family Violence, Child Protection And Sexual Offences(FCS) Unit has welcomed the sentence passed down by Secunda Regional Court recently, where a 33-year-old Lucas Sindane was sentenced to count1: Life imprisonment; count 2: Life imprisonment for rape.
Sindane’s sentencing came after he was arrested on Tuesday, 05 February 2019 on a rape case that occurred in a period between 2013 and 2014 at Embalenhle where he unlawfully and intentionally committed an act of rape with a nineteen (19)year old girl by then whom she thought he was safe around him as he was her cousin.
The investigating officer on the case, Sergeant Palesa Monagane worked tirelessly in investigating and securing the conviction.
The accused appeared before the Secunda Regional Court on several occasions until he was convicted on Thursday 25 February 2021.
During the sentencing, in proving its case; the state led the evidence of the victim and in some way corroborate the version of the victim.
The victim gave a clear and consistent evidence as she did not deviate from her evidence and she withstood cross examination. The victim gave her version of what happened between the period of the incident.
The state submitted that when the court considers the credibility of her evidence, it must consider the evidence in totality and consider the merits and the demerits of the state case.
During the trial, the state then led the evidence of the victim, After the victim have testified during the trial at Secunda Regional Court, the Magistrate, Mr Graham Cupido stated that Sindane took advantage of the victim which made him to take a decision and sentenced Mr Lucas Sindane to 2x Life imprisonment.
Statement compiled by Constable Busisiwe Mthethwa -Communications Officer.
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