KwaZulu-Natal: Life terms for child pornography accused
On Friday, 19 October 2018, Durban Regional Court convicted and sentenced Wayne Robert Parkes (49) to two terms of life imprisonment and ten years imprisonment for sexually violating a then six-year-old child in November 2016. The accused raped a child on two different occasions at his home in Bluff. He also took photographs of a child and circulated them.
Detectives from the Provincial Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (Serial and Electronic Crime Investigation) arrested the accused and seized his cellphone as well as other items. The arrest follows an investigation by the team after intelligence was received of these sinister deeds at a residential premises in Bluff.
Investigations revealed that a child was raped and a case of rape was opened at Brighton Beach police station. The accused was held in custody from the time of his arrest until sentencing. Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit members took a well-investigated docket to court which led to the successful prosecution. Parkes was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment for rape and ten years imprisonment for possession and creation of 3287 items of child pornography. Sentencing ActAgainstAbuse