Guilty plea: 16 years for teen who robbed and raped women

2010-05-19 00:00

A 19-YEAR-OLD man, Sibonelo Shezi, who robbed two women at Cato Ridge on May 8 with the intention of getting money to buy more liquor at a local tavern, and raped one of the victims, was jailed for 16 years by Judge Anton van Zyl yesterday.

Shezi pleaded guilty to the charges. He said he and his drinking companions saw the women alighting from a truck near the N3 and robbed them of their bags and cellphones. He said he became sexually aroused and raped one of the women while the other men took the other “into the bushes”.

The judge said that although he could not find any circumstances that would justify imposing less than the prescribed minimum sentences of 15 years’ imprisonment for the robbery with aggravating circumstances and 10 years for rape on Shezi, the cumulative effect of the two sentences is too harsh. He therefore ordered that eight years of the sentences should run concurrently.

The judge said the two victims were working women who were returning home from the Oasis garage in Cato Ridge when they were accosted.

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