Real rape suspect arrested after community kills four men

2016-05-12 06:00
Warrant Office Ernest Villet, carrying some of the dockets and walking with the suspect.

Warrant Office Ernest Villet, carrying some of the dockets and walking with the suspect.

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The SAPS Forensic Laboratory identified and linked a 33 year old suspect with 23 cases of rape. The crimes were committed over an extended period in Delft and in Khayelitsha. The suspect was arrested on Monday in the Epping Industrial area, after the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences provincial task team had conducted extensive investigations over a period of five years.

The modus operandi that the suspect would follow is to approach his victims and threaten them. He would then rob them of jewellery and money.

The victims were between the ages of 18 and 28 years. Seven victims have been traced thus far.

Two people had previously been questioned by police after allegations by the community that they were involved in the crimes committed. However they could not be linked to the crimes and they were subsequently released by police. It is tragic that the community took the law in their own hands and killed them, as well as two more men who were wrongfully accused of having committed rape in the area. It is now proven that all four these deceased were not involved in the crimes as alleged by the community.

The suspect was due to appear in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday facing 23 charges of rape.

The SAPS continues to condemn in the strongest terms the killing of innocent people at the hands of community members.

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