Rapist sentenced

2017-07-12 06:00

The Botshabelo High Court recently sentenced Buti Meshack Molebatsi (37) to 75 years and life imprisonment for a string of rape and house-breaking cases.

Described as a serial rapist, the accused was found guilty on six counts of rape and six counts of burglary with the intent to rape and rob.

Sgt Martin Xuma, police spokesperson, said the sentencing followed the positive outcome on the investigation and DNA results, as well additional evidence in the form of belongings of some of the victims. He said the DNA results positively linked Molebatsi to six rape incidents dating from 2012 to 2015.

Xuma said the accused preyed on elderly women who lived alone. He would break into the houses of the victims, rape them and then rob them off valuables.

“The Selosesha Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit was inundated with cases of burglary with the intent to rape and rob as from 2012,” he said.

Xuma said the breakthrough came when investigative officer Sgt Lebohang Mohai of the Selosesha FCS Unit arrested Molebatsi in 2015 in Boshof after finding a cellular phone of one of the victims in his possession.

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