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Stander was handed life imprisonment by the Bloemfontein Court. Photo: Pixabay.

Father says he raped his stepsons and forced them to violate their sister – pleads guilty to 426 charges

A 41-year-old father abused his children between 2012 and 2021. His daughter was just 7 months old when he began.

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Stander was handed life imprisonment by the Bloemfontein Court. Photo: Pixabay.

A 41-year-old father pleaded guilty to more than 400 charges related to rape and child pornography in the Gauteng High Court on Wednesday, 16 February. He terrorised his two stepsons and daughter between 2012 and 2021.

FATHER PLEADS GUILTY TO RAPING HIS CHILDREN

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said the boys were aged between 6 and 14 and the girl was abused from 7 months old until she turned eight.

“These offences took place in their home when the mother of the children was at work and the children were left in his care. 

“When at work he would often ask the minor boys to take pictures of their sister’s private parts and send them to him for his pleasure,” said Mahanjana.

The accused pleaded guilty to 426 charges brought against him, including:

  • 2 counts of using a child for child pornography;
  • 3 counts of creation or production of child pornography;
  • 407 counts of possession of child pornography;
  • 2 counts of rape;
  • 2 counts of attempted compelled rape ‘;
  • 2 counts of sexual assault compelled rape;
  • compelled sexual assault;
  • exposure or display of child pornography to children;
  • 2 counts of compelling or causing a child to witness sexual assault ;
  • And 2 counts of compelling or causing a child to witness sexual masturbating. 

According to the NPA, in the father’s plea statement he confessed to raping the boys “a couple of times” and compelling them to rape their sister or perform sexual acts on each other while he watched. He also forced them to watch him perform sexual acts on one of them.

The man also pleaded guilty to more than one failed attempt at raping his daughter.

His reign of terror came to an end in February 2021 after one of the children complained to a relative who in turn told the police. The other children also told of the abuse they suffered at their father’s hands. He has been in custody ever since.

He cannot be named to protect the identity of the children.

He will be sentenced on 7 April.

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