Willowvale child molestation: elderly man charged with rape of young girl

A 72-year-old charged with rape was apprehended by Eastern Cape police on Wednesday. He is believed to have been raping a 14-year-old girl between 2017 and September 2018 in the Thembeni Locality, in Willowvale.

“The Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit in Butterworth made the arrest on Wednesday,” police spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha confirmed.

The girl was threatened by the accused not to inform anyone about the alleged rape. The victim dared to speak about what happened to her only on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

The offender is to stand trial in the Willowvale Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

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