A 57-year-old man from North West has been sentenced to 18 years behind bars for raping a 12-year-old girl.

Jacob Shimane was sentenced at the Madikwe Regional Court.

Captain Aafje Botma, police spokesperson said On 5 February 2019, the child’s mother arrived at home and couldn’t find her daughter.

Botma said “She then went to the…neighbour, accompanied by a friend. When they entered the house, they found the accused raping her 12-year-old daughter. The incident was immediately reported to the police, who arrested the suspect”.

North West police commissioner Lieutenant General Sello Kwena welcomed the sentence.