Mooi River rapist to be sentenced today

2011-08-03 00:00

A 23-YEAR-OLD man who pleaded guilty to raping a KZN midlands woman after kidnapping her from her home and forcing her to accompany him to Bruntville last December, is due to be sentenced by Judge Anton van Zyl in the high court here today.

The name of the complainant is withheld because she was the victim of a sexual assault.

Mbekezeli Lucky Mazibuko pleaded guilty earlier this week to charges of rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances and kidnapping arising from the incident on December 19, 2010.

In a statement to the court he said he was walking along the Kamberg Road on his way home from a tavern where he had been drinking with friends. “While I was walking along the road, I observed the complainant parking her motor vehicle. I drew a knife that was in my possession whereafter I approached the complainant and demanded her car keys and cash.”

The woman initially resisted his demands and he “punched her several times until she fell and struck her head on the floor thereby sustaining an open wound on her head”.

Mazibuko said he took the victim’s car keys, pushed her into her vehicle and got behind the wheel. “I again demanded money from the complainant and she gave me a box that contained approximately R500 in cash. I thereafter drove the complainant’s motor vehicle to Mooi River,” he said. On reaching a farm there, he told the woman to undress and raped her. Mazibuko said he had sexual intercourse with the victim until police arrived on the scene and arrested him.

He admitted in his statement that the complainant would not have submitted to the theft of her property had he not subdued her by pointing a knife at her and assaulting her; that he was aware when he had sexual intercourse with her that this was against her will and said that although he had been drinking alcohol, he was not drunk.

According to a Witness article published at the time of the incident the victim managed to send an SMS to a friend asking for help from the boot of her car, which eventually led to her rescue.

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