Accused who severely assaulted boys brought to justice

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The Krugersdorp Police can truly say its Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit has gone above and beyond the call of duty to secure both the apprehension and conviction of two persons who harmed children in 2016.

In the first of the two concluded cases, a 32-year-old suspect who assaulted a 10-year-old child with a belt was found guilty of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. The case was presented in the Randfontein Magistrates’ Court.

The accused is a relative of the child. He beat the child with a belt on his face and body. The boy had such extensive injuries he needed to receive medical treatment. The case was reported in June 2016 at Randfontein Police Station and assigned to the FCS unit in Krugersdorp.

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Warrant Officer Marie Strooh, who is known for her groundbreaking work in the unit, was assigned to the case. With the help of other members of the unit, the suspect was arrested shortly after the investigation started.

They gathered so much evidence against the accused that they secured a five-year prison sentence for him. The name of the accused is being withheld to protect the identity of the child.

In the second case, which started in February 2016, Simon Sigilwe was sentenced to 90 days’ imprisonment or a R2 000 fine for hitting and kicking a nine-year-old child. The case was handled by the FCS and the court also declared him unfit to possess a firearm. The investigating officer, Sergeant Thobeka Buthelezi, was applauded for securing the sentence.

“We are striving to protect women and children from abuse and these sentences are a clear indication that our courts are also adamant about taking action against offenders,” said Lieutenant Colonel Kathy Segotta, member of the FCS unit in Krugersdorp.

Brigadier Manamela, station commander at the Randfontein police station, congratulated the members and the National Prosecuting Authority on the stance that was taken in both cases.

“These investigations and the ultimate sentences should serve as a warning to all people who are abusing women and children,” he said.

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Bianca Pindral

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