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Man handed life sentence for raping mentally disabled Mdantsane teen

Aug 6, 2019
Man handed life sentence for raping mentally disabled Mdantsane teen

Makhanda - East London police on Monday welcomed the conviction and sentencing of a 37-year-old man for raping a disabled teenage girl last year.

"Investigators were able to link Zamuxolo Grey, 37, to the crime after he raped a physically and mentally disabled girl in May 2018," described police spokesperson, Captain Nkosikho Mzuku.

"The Macleantown man was sentenced to life in prison for the rape. The girl is also a mute and unable to communicate.

"The accused is known to the victim as he frequently visited her uncle."

Capt Mzuku said that Grey was given the maximum life sentence in the Grahamstown High Court on Frida after being convicted earlier the same day of raping the teen in her home.

"The investigating officer, Warrant Officer Sizeka Mangesi of Mdantsane Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit presented a thorough investigated docket in court, that resulted in the hefty sentence issued by Judge Bloem of Grahamstown High Court."

Mdantsane SAPS Cluster commander, Major General Henry Vos, welcomed the sentencing, saying; "Crimes against women and children remain the priority of the South African Police Service (SAPS).

"We would like to urge the members of the community to constantly monitor the people with disability so as to minimise the chances of their vulnarabilty to crime."

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