A PRETORIA North mother and her former boyfriend were yesterday convicted of raping, sodomising and repeatedly indecently assaulting the woman's six-year-old daughter.
The Pretoria high court found the woman, 38, guilty on a charge of rape, five charges of indecent assault, one of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, two of assault and a charge of allowing or assisting in the molestation of her daughter.
Her ex-boyfriend, 26, who is also the father of her four-year-old son, was convicted on eight charges relating to the rape, indecent assault and assault of the young girl.
Judge Joseph Raulinga rejected the mother's plea that she acted in a state of automatism and had no recollection of the assaults because of her use of alcohol and sleeping pills.
The judge concluded the mother knew very well what she was doing .
Judge Raulinga rejected "with the contempt it deserves" her ex-boyfriend's claims that he had never touched the girl and was an innocent victim of circumstances.
The court found that the little girl, now 10 and living with her grandmother, had, according to medical evidence, been sodomised and raped at least three times, although the accused only faced one rape charge.
She was also sexually abused with sticks, branches, dagga and a vibrator strapped to her mother's waist and was forced to drink sleeping pills.
When the little girl screamed in pain during the abuse, her mother held her hand over the child's mouth to keep her quiet and once stuffed a piece of cloth in her mouth, which she fastened with sticky tape.
A social worker said in a report handed to the court the girl regarded her mother as a "monster" and was too afraid to testify in open court.
Judge Raulinga said the girl had never referred to her mother as her parent, but as an aunt.
He said he had no hesitation in accepting the little girl's evidence as the truth. She had never contradicted herself and had spontaneously told several witnesses about the abuse she had to endure.
The trial was postponed to Tuesday for sentencing proceedings. - Sapa