Rapist’s reign of terror ends

2016-07-06 06:00

THE police’s Forensic Investigation Unit is able to link DNA results to crimes that have been committed.

This use of DNA results has once again ensured that an offender, Dijo Abram Mokoena, has been given a life term in prison for raping a woman.

The Harrismith High Court sentenced the notorious rapist to three life terms in prison after a four-day hearing from 6 to 9 June.

During this hearing, he was found guilty of having raped a woman in November 2014 in Bluegumbosch, Qwaqwa.

The victim was 30 years old.

At the time of appearing in court for the 2014 rape case, Mokoena (34) was serving life sentences after being convicted for a series of violent crimes, which included rape.

The police investigations had also linked him to burglary cases.

The accused was notorious for terrorising the community in Qwaqwa.

The court heard the frightening story of how Mokoena had attacked and repeatedly raped the 30-year-old victim on the night of 17 November 2014.

He raped her in the open veld near the R712 road connecting Harrismith, Golden Gate and Phuthaditjhaba.

The victim was returning home to Phuthaditjhaba that night when Mokoena confronted her at around 21:45.

He forced her to an open veld where he raped her.

After the incident, the victim reported it to the police who launched a further investigation, linking Mokoena via DNA to other cases.

He was thereafter positively identified by other victims during an identity parade.

Mokoena’s imprisonment means that his reign of terror has finally come to an end.

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