A 73-year-old grandfather who raped his 9-year-old granddaughter while her mother and his wife were at work has been sentenced to two life terms and 20 years’ imprisonment.

The man was convicted by the Pretoria North Regional Court of two counts of rape, four counts of sexual assault and one count of exposing his granddaughter to pornography.

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Lumka Mahanjana said the crimes were committed between 2014 and 2016.

“The minor and her brother were left in the care of the grandfather while their mother and grandmother were at work.

“The minor confided in her father’s friend about her ordeal after he noticed that something was wrong with the child. The friend told the child’s father who then reported the matter to the police.”

The prosecutor, advocate Hanlie du Preez, said the sentence sent out a strong message to offenders who committed crimes against children.