After more than 18 months of intensive investigations, the trial of a 38-year-old rape accused ended at the Durban Regional Court when the judge sentenced him to 25 years imprisonment.
This is due to the sterling investigation conducted by Det Cnst Travis Anthony Bouverie of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit of eThekwini Inner South Cluster, Brighton Beach.
The accused raped his 10-year-old daughter. It is alleged that the accused’s two daughters were on holiday in KZN when the incident occurred.
The accused was arrested by Det Cnst Bouverie and placed before the criminal justice system.
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The acting cluster commander of eThekwini Inner South, Maj Gen Mandlenkosi Chirwa, expressed his gratitude towards Det Cnst Bouverie who worked meticulously, above normal hours, collectively applying his various skills to ensure that the accused is placed in a correctional facility away from society.
This verdict is indicative of the commitment of this young ambassador, who has flown the South African police flag with pride.
“We remain committed to all citizens and will persist in apprehending perpetrators of crime who commit heinous crimes against society,” Maj Gen Chirwa said.
It is important for complainants to follow through with their cases as this is pivotal towards securing a conviction. From the onset, the complainant, witnesses, uniformed personnel, investigators, experts from other departments such as LCRC and Forensic, prosecutors played a pivotal part in ensuring that both accused were removed from society and placed behind bars.
Communications officer of eThekwini Inner South cluster, Cpt Cheryl Pillay said, “Det Cnst Bouverie is appreciative for the assistance and guidance he received from his commander as well as the public prosecutor of Durban Regional Court. The EIS cluster’s approach to policing is based on intensifying our efforts to reducing the crimes committed against women and children (rape and domestic violence).”
The establishment of the Family Violence, Sexual Offences and Child Protection Unit at the cluster will ensure that cases are prioritised where survivors of such cruel acts are assisted immediately through the establishment of the victim friendly facilities at the stations.
Police have proven time and time again that justice will prevail.
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