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Double life sentence for PE teen rapist

The Port Elizabeth Regional Court sentenced Amor Van Greunen (51) to two life imprisonment terms for raping a 15-year-old girl he had a ‘daughter and parent relationship’ in July 2019.

Van Greunen and his wife were frequent visitors to a safe haven where the minor stayed with her mother and younger brother.

The Van Greunens were charitable to the haven.

In 2018, Van Greunen and his wife took a liking to the girl and invited her to their home to spend weekends.

The minor confided in them that she had been raped by her uncle at the age of ten. The family showed her support, including financial.

However, on one weekend in July, while his wife was away, Van Greunen fetched the girl at the safe haven and bought her clothes and alcohol.

When she was drunk, he raped her twice. The minor reported the crime to her teacher via a WhatsApp message.

The teacher came to fetch her and took her to Algoa Park Police Station. Van Greunen was arrested on the same day.

Prosecutor Mxolisi Bebula told the court that Van Greunen was in a position of trust as a bond had been established between him, the child, and the child’s mother, therefore, he abused his power.

He added that there were no substantial or compelling circumstances that would warrant the court to deviate from the minimum sentence of life imprisonment.

Magistrate Kenneth Cooney added that he took advantage of the victim's personal circumstances and took advantage of her knowing she craved the love and affection of a father figure.

“There was a relationship of trust which had developed between you and the complainant and she found a safe haven in your home. When you raped her all of that was taken away from her,” said Magistrate Cooney. He then ordered the two life sentences to run concurrently.

Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Livingstone Sakata said, “the NPA appreciates the stiff sentence, it sends a strong message that our courts do not tolerate the rape of children. We further appreciate the hard work of the prosecutor for this case and the investigating team”.

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