Saturday, June 04, 2022

Grandfather to spend 25years in jail for rape and possession of child pornography

52-year-old, Wikus van Deventer was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for child rape and eight years for creation and possession of child pornography, at the Western Cape high Court on Friday.

The case was opened in Paarl in May 2021 after a two year old girl was left in the care of her grandfather. It was upon the return of the mother of the child that it was discovered that something was amiss. Further investigation of the matter resulted in the discovery of the child’s naked pictures and videos in the accused’s cellphone.

‘’Warrant Officer Robin Taudie of the Serial and Electronic Crime Investigation (SECI) unit initiated an extensive investigation that saw van Deventer’s cellphone sent for forensic analysis in Pretoria,’’ said Brigadier Novela Potelwa.

‘’Three years of the sentence for the creation and possession of child pornography will run concurrently thus effectively resulting in the imprisonment of the accused for 30 years,’’ added Potelwa.

Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Thembisile Patekile lauded both the investigation and prosecution teams for ensuring van Deventer is incarcerated.

“With the perpetrator behind bars, we are relieved because children who were in his proximity are safe”, says Patekile.

 

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Done By: Mitchum George

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