A man from Coventry has been jailed for 15 years for the rape of a child aged under 13.
Khumbulani Sibanda was convicted after a trial and was told he must serve at least 10 years in prison before being considered for parole, after being classed as a dangerous offender.
He will spend a further three years on extended licence, or eight if released after 10 years in prison He will remain on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
The 43-year-old committed the crimes between 2016 and 2018, but the abuse didn’t come to light until January 2021 when his young victim confessed ‘a secret’. The child alleged the rape happened on several occasions when visiting Sibanda’s home in Coventry.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Suzanne Leah said: “The child was so young, they would not necessarily have understood how badly they were being abused. Sibanda completely took advantage of the child’s young age and innocence for his own sexual gratification, and I am pleased the length of the sentence reflects the severity of his crimes.”
Sibanda, now of Fosse Road South in Leicester, was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court last Thursday (24 August). He was also sentenced to 12 weeks each for sexual assault and exposure which will run concurrently.
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