Serial rapist a ‘smooth talker’

2009-06-19 00:00

A “SMOOTH-TALKING” rapist who used a variety of ruses to lure his victims, was convicted in the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday of 11 charges of rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances and kidnapping.

Acting Judge Ben van Heerden is expected to pass sentence on Mlungisi Mluleki Msimanga (27) of Estcourt today.

The judge said Msimanga “smooth-talked, drugged or kidnapped” his four female victims for the purpose of getting them to an isolated place where he could rape them.

In addition to the rapes Msimanga himself committed, the court also convicted him in two instances of having formed a common purpose with unknown men to rape the victims because he had facilitated the rapes.

The rapes occurred in the Pieter­maritzburg area in January and February last year, most of them in bushy, isolated places near the Liberty Midlands Mall.

One of his victims was raped while she was unconscious after she had drunk a “spiked” drink offered to her by Msimanga at Hlalanathi Lodge in Hoosen Haffajee Street.

Another was accosted in Church Street and forced to accompany Msimanga out of fear after he “discreetly” showed her a knife and threatened to stab and kill her.

Van Heerden said he had no hesitation accepting the evidence of each of the complainants as being true.

On the other hand, he said Msimanga was a “smooth talker who insulted the court by expecting it to accept the nonsense he was dishing out”.

Msimanga claimed in his testimony that all four women were his lovers and conspired to falsely implicate him.

He alleged the sexual intercourse was with their consent.

The judge said he accepted the evidence of the complainant who testified that she lost consciousness after consuming a drink that Msimanga offered her. “I find in all probability that the accused spiked her drink with a drug that incapacitated her long enough so that he could have his way with her,” the judge said.

In respect of the rapes perpetrated by unknown assailants on two of the victims, the judge said both women testified that by his “words and conduct” Msimanga made them available to be raped by the strangers whom they encountered “probably by coincidence”.

In one case Msimanga stole the victim’s possessions while she was being raped.

He said Msimanga was fortunate not to have been charged with theft of money that he withdrew from the bank accounts of two of his victims.

Msimanga was identified by his victims as their rapist. They testified that they did not know him beforehand.

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