Alleged serial rapist and accomplice arrested

2010-05-21 16:31

An alleged serial rapist and his accomplice were arrested in

Pretoria today.


“The men were arrested during the early hours of this morning in

Mamelodi East by the Hawks,” said police captain Paul Ramaloko.


“The 27-year-old Hammanskraal man, who was earlier this year

sentenced to six months for theft and released on parole in April, started using

his computer expertise to retrieve particulars of women job hunters in their 20s

and promised them jobs in Pretoria and the surrounding areas,” said

Ramaloko.


“The suspect would then take his victims to secluded areas in

Hammanskraal, rape and rob them of their valuables such as laptops, cash,

cellphones and jewellery before demanding some ransom from their

families.”


His accomplice allegedly organised the “interviews” for the

women.


“Earlier this month the Hawks rescued a 22-year-old Atteridgeville

woman who was locked in an abandoned house in Hammanskraal for two days. She was

allegedly raped and robbed by the suspect, who tied her with wires,” he

said.


“The family paid thousands of rands to the suspect for her

release.”


Ramaloko said police discovered a number of women’s handbags at the

abandoned house, which is allegedly owned by a relative of the suspect.


One of the bags was positively linked to a 26-year-old woman from

KwaMhlanga who was kidnapped and raped this February before the man was jailed

for theft.


“The suspect’s latest victim, a 21-year-old Mamelodi woman, was

kidnapped, robbed and raped by the suspect in bushes next to Kroomkei in

Hammanskraal throughout Wednesday evening until Thursday morning.


“She was only released after the victim’s parents paid thousands of

rands in ransom,” said Ramaloko.


Further investigations by the Hawks revealed that the man had been

involved in similar incidents for a long period.


“The Hawks are currently in touch with the Pretoria police station

to look for cases with similar modus operandi to establish if the suspect could

not be linked,” he said.


Both men will appear in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court soon.
 

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