'Robber rapes and hangs little girl (10)'

A 10-YEAR-OLD girl was raped then hanged during a robbery at her home, the Madadeni magistrate's court heard yesterday.

A 10-YEAR-OLD girl was raped then hanged during a robbery at her home, the Madadeni magistrate's court heard yesterday.

Hegendhri Narainsamy of Newcastle was forced to stand on a chair with a rope round her neck and the other end tied to a trellis above her.

The chair was then removed and she was strangled, the prosecution told the court.

The child and her mother Ranjini were attacked as they arrived home in September 2008. Her father Selvan, a builder, was in Taiwan at the time.

One of the accused, Siphamandla Nkosi, 22, had worked for Selvan and decided to rob the family. He allegedly got Mxolisi Masondo, 19, to help him.

Both men are from Osizweni near Newcastle.

They allegedly tied up the mother, tied the child's hands behind her back and demanded money. Ranjini did not know where the money was and the men then ransacked the house.

Nkosi took the little girl to a bedroom where he allegedly raped her twice and then hanged her.

Both mother and daughter died of asphyxiation.

The two men then fled in the family's Toyota Tazz with a safe containing a pistol, money and jewellery. They also took appliances.

The men face murder and rape charges and the unlawful possession of the pistol and ammunition.

The case is set down for two weeks. - Staff Reporter

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