Serial rapist gets life behind bars for repeatedly raping young girls


oSizweni – A 24-year-old serial rapist and criminal was finally sentenced to life behind bars for rape, housebreaking and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, after he was positively linked to all crimes using DNA evidence.

On July 17, 2011 at around 3.45am, four minors aged between five and 17 years old were asleep in their house at Mdozo, near oSizweni, when the accused entered the house.

He threatened and strangled a 13-year-old boy who attempted to run away, and then subsequently repeatedly raped two young girls aged 11 and 17 respectively, before he fled the scene.

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The matter was reported to the nearby police station, and was handed over to the Newcastle Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS).

Using its expertise and skills, the FCS arrested the accused in the same month, in Gauteng, where he was allegedly hiding.

The suspect has appeared in court several times, but due to insufficient evidence, the case was withdrawn pending DNA results. However, when he was re-arrested the DNA results confirmed he had indeed committed the crimes.

With strong evidence against him, he was re-tried and found guilty on June 27 in the Madadeni Regional Court.

KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa welcomed the sentence handed down.

“I further commend the Newcastle FCS Unit for thoroughly investigating this case which involved young children. This will serve as a strong warning to those who abuse women and children in our province. I encourage victims of abuse to break the silence and report such cases to the police,” he concluded.

Zianne Leibrandt

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