Ex-reservist jailed 25 yrs for violent crimes

2017-08-23 06:01

In addition to a hefty sentence of 25 years in prison, the name of a former police reservist will also be entered into the sexual offender register.

The accused, who was sentenced in the Bloemfontein Regional Court on 10 August, once served at the police stations in Bayswater and Navalsig in Bloemfontein.

His identity cannot be disclosed, to protect the minors who were two of the three victims that he abused from 2008 until 2015.

The three victims were an adult woman (his wife) and his two step-children, a girl and a boy.

Sgt Sinah Mpakane, provincial police spokesperson, said the court had found the accused guilty of assaulting the mother and the boy and raping the girl.

The stepdaughter was 12 years old at the time of the reported rape.

Mpakane said the court had convicted and sentenced the 47 year old ­accused to an effective 25 years’ imprisonment after finding him guilty of charges of assault and rape, ­following evidence presented during the trial.

She said the accused had further been declared unfit to possess a firearm.

The sentence for the former reser-vist is as follows: three years for the assault on his wife, 25 years for raping his stepdaughter, eight years for attempting to commit a sexual offence and another five years for sexual assault. All the sentences will run concurrently.

Mpakane said the court also ruled that the wife had to consider making a presentation to the parole board when the accused applied for parole.

She said the mother of the two children had opened a case at a police station in Umbilo in KwaZulu-Natal.

After the case had been opened, Mpakane said, the accused disappeared and also changed mobile phone numbers to evade arrest. He was, however, tracked down by the investigating officer, WO Arlene Snyman.

Mpakane said the accused was finally brought to book after the investigator arrested him on 8 December last year in Roodepoort, Gauteng, with assistance from Lt.Col Wynand Botha from Johannesburg.

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