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NPA welcomes 15-year sentence for ‘Brickz’

Sipho Ndlovu, commonly known as 'Brickz', was found guilty of raping his 16-year-old niece in 2013.

Convicted rapist Sipho' Brickz' Ndlovu seen in the the Roodepoort Magistrates Court ahead of sentencing proceedings, on 17 October 2017. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has welcomed the sentence handed to convicted rapist Sipho Ndlovu, commonly known as “Brickz”.

Ndlovu was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in the Roodeport Magistrates Court.

He was found guilty of raping his 16-year-old niece in 2013 and threatening to kill her if she came forward.

The NPA’s Phindi Louw says it agrees with the court’s decision that it would not be in the interests of justice to give Ndlovu a sentence lower than the maximum of 15 years.

“We’ve argued that the minimum prescribed sentence of 10 years would be disproportionate to the gravity of the offence.”

She’s also shown support for the court’s decision to deny an application by the defence for leave to appeal the conviction, saying there would be no potential for the decision to be changed.

Louw says while the defence has the option to petition the high court to appeal they are ready to oppose.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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