Police officer jailed for life after killing his daughter who was pregnant with his babyBy Mason White 11:32 AM June 10, 2013
By: Sarah Weiss
A police officer was sentenced to life in prison after he raped and impregnated his daughter and then killed her.
Simo Mgobhozi, 41, of Durban, South Africa, who was a 17-year-veteran of the police department, pleaded guilty to rape and murder. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder and another 15 years for raping his daughter.
The court heard that in June 2011, Mgobhozi, who is a married man, raped his 13-year-old daughter, Nontobeko Zandile Mgobhozi, who he had with a woman who is not his current wife.
The girl did not tell anyone about the rape until she was six months pregnant. At that point, she told her mother that her father raped her and got her pregnant. The mother reported the rape to police. A rape case was opened against Mgobhozi, he was arrested and then freed on bail in January 2012.
The court heard that on March 1, 2012, Mgobhozi broke into the house where the girl lived with her mother, Zinhle Khuzwayo. He demanded to know why they had opened a case of rape against him. When the girl tried to flee from the room, her father proceeded to shoot her. He sprayed the girl with eight bullets, killing her instantly.
The judge said he could not believe that a person, who was responsible for maintaining law and order, had committed such a horrible crime against his own family member. Mgobhozi, who raped, impregnated and brutally murdered his daughter, was called “a beast” by the Scottburgh High Court Judge Gregory Kruger.
At sentencing, Judge Kruger reportedly told the room full people that South Africa was very unfortunate to have someone like Mgobhozi in public service. “The 13-year-old was killed after carrying your child. You could have been a father and grandfather to the child. Shame on you!” The judge said.
After sentencing, Mgobhozi said that the rape happened “in a moment of weakness and sheer stupidity. This accusation of rape of my own daughter caused havoc in my marriage and had a negative impact on the relationships with my immediate and extended family,” he said. Now, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.