Rapist receives 7 life sentences

2017-05-31 06:05
Serial rapist Christian Cornelius (aka Christopher) Julies has received seven life sentences and another 373 years imprisonment for rape, attempted rape and assault.Photo: Supplied

Serial rapist Christian Cornelius (aka Christopher) Julies has received seven life sentences and another 373 years imprisonment for rape, attempted rape and assault.Photo: Supplied

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Serial rapist Christian ­Cornelius (aka Christopher) Julies has received seven life sentences and another 373 years imprisonment for several cases of rape, attempted rape and assault that he committed in towns and cities in the Northern Cape and North West over a period of more than four years.

The sentences were ­handed down in the Northern Cape High Court in Kimberley on Thursday (25/05), whereupon he was immediately recorded in the register of sex offenders.

The sentences will run concurrently.

According to the court, the rapes took place in Galeshewe, Ritchie, Olifantshoek, Upington, Kathu, Kuruman, Postmasburg, Pampierstad and Mahikeng from August 2011 until February 2015.

According to Capt. Sergio Kock, police spokesperson, the accused brutally raped all the victims – females between the ages of 13 and 23 – after targeting them in isolated areas, threatening to kill them and beating them up.

The last offences were committed about a month before his arrest on 23 January 2015.

“In terms of Section 41(1) of the Criminal Law (sexual offences and related ­matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007, the accused may not be employed in any circumstances or hold any position related to adoption or child care where he can gain access to where ­children are present or congregant and may not be part of any business or trade,” stated the court ruling.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Northern Cape, including the acting provincial commissioner for the Northern Cape, Maj.Gen. Koliswa Otola, and the detectives of the SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, applauded the investigating officer for a job well done.

“The police will continue to ensure that crime against women and children remains one of the priorities of the police,” said Otola.

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