Rapist sentenced

2015-08-05 06:00
ADV. LULAMA ZWENI (left) and WO Lefu Mofokeng of the Phuthaditjhaba Family, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit shaking hands after the successful prosecution of a rapist in Harrismith.

ADV. LULAMA ZWENI (left) and WO Lefu Mofokeng of the Phuthaditjhaba Family, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit shaking hands after the successful prosecution of a rapist in Harrismith.

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HARRISMITH. – The community of Bluegumbosch near Phuthaditjhaba will be delighted to learn that the notorious criminal who is known to them as “Dijo” has been sent to jail for life plus 14 years.

He was sentenced by the Harrismith High Court on Friday (31/07) after being found guilty of robbery, rape, housebreaking and theft, the possession of an unlicensed firearm and the possession of ammunition.

On first count of housebrea-king and theft, he received three years, on the second count of robbery, 12 years, on the third count of rape a life sentence, on the fourth count of the possession of an unlicenced firearm, five years and for the possession of ammunition, two years’ imprisonment.

Effectively Dijo Mokoena will serve a life sentence plus 14 years in prison. This case was investigated by WO Lefu Mofokeng of the Phuthaditjhaba Family, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit.

Members of the community believe he committed even more criminal acts which were never reported to the police.

The charges dating back to 2010 and 2012 of housebreaking and theft, business robbery, rape, possession of an unlicenced firearm and ammunition saw him in and out of court for the past three years.

His trial was concluded on 31 July after being found guilty and sentenced to effective life imprisonment for raping a woman at Bluegumbosch.

The case was presided over by Judge Johan Daffue. Adv. Lulama Zweni prosecuted and Mr. Corné Maree of the Legal Aid Board represented the accused.

The accused was found to have entered the house of a certain woman on 23 January 2012, where he stole silverware, clothes, a watch, academic certificates, photos and a cellphone.

On 7 April 2012, he was found to have assaulted another woman at her place of business, robbing her of cash, cigarettes and a cellphone. He also assaulted and raped another woman on 3 August 2012.

In passing his sentence Judge Daffue said: “Housebreaking, robberies and rape affect many people in our province and in our country.

“The community has been doing their level best to protect their property, but poor people cannot afford to secure their homes against criminals. Therefore, these criminals make everyone suffer, including businesses. It is also a fact that rape is an inhumane and degrading offence which is prevalent in the country.

“Court reports indicate that the full horror of this crime cannot be explained.

“Our community must be protected against this and courts must impose heavy sentences. Women must be able walk freely without being subjected to any criminals. The criminals carry firearms to commit heinous crimes and this causes people to lock themselves up at night, afraid to socialise, while criminals walk freely, stealing, raping and robbing people.”

In his closing remarks the judge thanked everyone, from the investigators to the prosecution and the defense for their hard work in bringing the case to finality

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