Man arrested for raping girl (12)

A 19-year-old man was arrested for statutory rape of a 12-year-old girl in Sunnyside on Monday. Photo:stock

A 19-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in Sunnyside on Monday.

“Reports suggest the offence took place inside the bathroom of the victim’s home,” said Sunnyside police spokesperson captain Daniel Mavimbela.

He said it was believed when the victim’s mother arrived home around 18:00 on Monday evening, her younger daughter told her the victim was taking a bath.

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The mother however, spotted the man peeping through after the bathroom door, which was slightly open.

Mavimbela said when the man saw he had been spotted, he ran away.

“The suspect, who resides at the same premises as the victim, was arrested soon after the incident was reported to the local police.”

“Residents should take into cognisance that though the age of sexual consent was lowered to 12, it only applies to sex between young teenagers (from the ages of 12-15).”

Also read: I was raped by three women – Nellmapius man

Mavimbela warned those found engaging in sexual activities with minors below the age of 16 would be held liable.

He said the man was expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

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