Birthday rapist sentenced to 39 life terms for 39 rapes

By Drum Digital
09 November 2013

The so-called “birthday rapist” Mlungisi Mtshali has been sentenced to 39 life terms for 39 rapes by the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court.

He was sentenced to another 212 years on more than 70 additional charges of sexual assault, kidnapping and theft, the SABC reported.

The life sentences will run concurrently.

Mtshali was dubbed the “birthday rapist” because he reportedly told his victims it was his birthday and invited them to celebrate with him at a nearby restaurant or bar.

He would later ask them to accompany him, in a metered taxi, to fetch his sister or a friend in Hillbrow or central Johannesburg, where he lured the women into a hotel room and raped them.

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