East Rand ‘serial rapist’ has more victims

2012-02-06 16:03

The 40-year-old man who faces charges of raping 33 girls and attempting to murder them has been linked to seven more cases, Gauteng police have said.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the victims were raped between 2007 and 2011.

His last victim was allegedly raped in Vosloorus in January last year.

“Through forensic analysis of the rape kits from 40 victims, it was established that the same suspect might have been involved in perpetrating the crime,” Dlamini said.

When the man appeared at the Alberton Magistrates Court on Friday, he was facing 33 charges of rape and attempted murder.

According to Dlamini, the man was arrested after one of the victims followed him to his place of residence in Eden Park and later informed the investigating officer.

The girls are aged between 10 to 14 years and were allegedly raped in Katlehong, Thokoza and Vosloorus.

The suspect’s modus operandi was to find young girls playing in the street and send them in different directions after he had identified a victim.

He would then lure the victim to an open veld and rape her at gunpoint. Other victims would be followed from the shops or shopping malls and accused of counterfeiting money.

He would tell them that he had been instructed to stop them and that they would be arrested. While pretending to help them to avoid the arrest, he would take them to an open veld and rape them.

The suspect was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning by members of the family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit and several of his alleged victims positively identified him.

“The victims were raped in a similar method and circumstances and DNA results from all the victims were linked to one particular suspect,” Dlamini said.

The suspect’s blood will be sent for forensic analysis.

He is due to appear in the Alberton Magistrates Court again this Friday.

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