Serial rapist convicted to 5 life terms and 103 years behind bars

2016-05-19 06:00

A SEXUAL offender and burglar who committed a number of violent crimes in the Tongaat area was sentenced to serve five consecutive terms of life imprisonment and an additional 103 years for his involvement in a string of assaults and break-ins.

Nkosinathi Mthembu (35) was convicted at the Durban High Court on charges of rape, sexual assault, aggravated robbery and burglary on Friday, 13 May.

Between March 2014 and February 2015, Mthembu preyed on women in the Tongaat area and would break into their homes and rob them at knifepoint; demanding both valuables and even food from his victims.

Mthembu would then either rape or sexually assault some of the women he victimised and stole a number of items including laptops, cellphones, a flat screen TV and food items.

In four instances the victims were domestic workers who were at their place of employment when Mthembu attacked them.

The dangerous serial rapist and sexual offender was eventually arrested when a member of the community policing forum (CPF) in the area apprehended him and handed him over to the authorities.

In light of Mthembu’s sentence, advocate Bonginkosi Mbokazi told the court that the accused was a serial rapist as the offences were planned and calculated.

“Mthembu traumatised his victims. One victim was raped and stabbed while she was carrying her child, while another was forced to prepare food for him after he had raped her,” said Mbokazi.

Advocate Mbokazi also presented the court with DNA results and fingerprint matches linking Mthembu to the rapes and placing him at the scene of the crime. Some of the victims also positively identified him during an identity parade.

For his series of violent crimes, Mthembu was sentenced to five terms of life imprisonment for rape, with an additional six years for housebreaking with intent to steal and theft, six years for assault, 12 months for theft, 15 years for sexual assault and a further 75 years imprisonment for housebreaking with intent to rob and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Director of Public Prosecutions, advocate Noko said the prosecutions authority is very pleased with the conviction of Mthembu.

“We are very pleased with the conviction and sentence of this dangerous criminal. I am certain this will convey the necessary deterrent message. This sentence re-affirms the serious light in which we view crimes of this nature,” said Noko.

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