The Newcastle FCS Unit has proven once again it is among the top police units countrywide.
The FCS (Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences) Unit made a major breakthrough this month, finally closing the book on a spree of rape cases dating as far back as 2013.
According to Capt. Moothilal of Newcastle FCS, a case involving rape, robbery and assault was reported to Sergeant Mdluli in January of this year, following the brutal attack of an elderly woman at her home in the Dicks Halt area, oSizweni.
One man was arrested and brought in for questioning shortly thereafter.
However, Cpt Moothilal said a lack of evidence and the suspect’s seemingly solid alibi meant police officials had no choice but to release him from custody.
Two weeks later, another case was reported with the same modus operandi.
Desperate to avert a third incident, the FCS Unit swung into action and through intensive investigations, SAPS learned of the location of the suspected rapist.
“The suspect was arrested and suspected stolen items from the first attack were recovered in his possession. This led us to believe the suspect was also involved in the second case, due to a similar modus operandi, thus we believed we had finally stopped the suspect dead in his tracks.”
However, Cpt Moothilal said there was again insufficient evidence linking the suspect to the crime.
He was still charged for a number of offences, and would appear in court and be denied bail numerous times while the Forensic Division conducted a series of tests and investigations.
“To our surprise, DNA tests successfully linked him to both cases, as well as a third rape which had occurred in oSizweni, and a fourth rape which had occurred in Jouberton in Johannesburg, both of which had been reported in 2013.”
Constable Thokozani Mthimkhulu of the FCS Unit was congratulated on his major role in this investigation, and stated the accused would remain behind bars at Waterval Prison for the remainder of trial proceedings.
In addition, the FCS Unit also arrested 10 other wanted rapists, who are now awaiting trial dates.
“One of the suspects is on trial on five charges of rape, and we are currently investigating seven more possible rape suspects. We are confident in our work, and we are warning all criminals out there that we will most certainly find them and bring them to book,” concluded Cpt Moothilal.