Rapist found guilty on five charges

2015-12-16 06:00

BETHLEHEM. – The Bethlehem Regional Court has recently sentenced Lesole Johannes Semase (36) to life and 12 months effective imprisonment.

This was after he had been found guilty on five charges of rape and robbery.

Apparently the accused had been arrested and sentenced to ten years for a rape case in 1999.

In March, the accused met a Lesotho woman and told her that his employer on the farm he was working was going to open a new butchery and that he was looking for women not residing in the township because they were thieves.

He took the contact numbers of the woman and promised to call her when the butchery was ready for operation so that he ccould introduce her to his employer who will give her work.

In April, he called the woman and asked her to come because the butchery was operating and that his employer was waiting for her.

They walked from Fouriesburg and he showed her a nearby farm which they walked where she hoped to meet the prospective employer.

In the donga near the farm to he pulled out a knife, threatening the woman and raped her several times.

He also robbed her of her cellphone before he left.

The woman walked towards the tar road on the R26 outside Fouriesburg where she was met by a police officer who saw her difficulty in walking.

They both went to the police station where the officer assisted her in laying charges.

The suspect was arrested and the investigating officer traced back the woman’s cellphone to Paul Roux where the accused had taken it.

He remained in custody until he appeared before the court.

“I want to thank the former police officer who is also a pastor, Mohlolo Sibeko, for playing a major role in assisting the woman so that justice could be served.

“I hope other members will learn that crime does not pay and that they need to take cognisance of those seeking help,” said the Free State provincial commissioner, Lt. Gen. Thabethe Mpembe.

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