Sentencing ­another victory for safer society

2016-04-20 06:00

LADYBRAND. – The Ladybrand Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit has once again done its part in removing rapists from society after sending two rapists to prison during last week.

An 18-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years in jail by the Ladybrand Regional Court for raping his nine-year-old sister at the end of 2013.

On the night of 18 December 2013 the accused, who was visiting Manyatseng from Lesotho, was watching television with his little sister. The victim fell asleep on the floor and her brother raped her.

She woke up during the ordeal and tried to scream, but the accused put his hand over her mouth.

The victim did not report the matter to her mother, but her mother noticed some blood stains on her underwear.

The victim then explained to her mother what had happened and a case of rape was opened.

The accused fled to Lesotho and after two years was spotted in Johannesburg by his aunt, who alerted the local police.

He was arrested on 26 April 2015 and transferred to Ladybrand.

On 12 April, the accused was sentenced to an effective 15 years’ direct imprisonment.

In another court sentencing, two accused from Mahlatswetsa near Excelsior were sentenced to 13 years’ and seven years’ imprisonment respectively by the Ladybrand Regional Court on 12 April.

The accused, Sepang Peter Lekoro (25) and Kamohelo Victor Mokhethi (23) broke into a 75-year-old victim’s house on 2 May 2014.

They assaulted the victim and raped her.

A cellphone, hi-fi and money were also taken.

The two suspects were arrested three days later.

Lekoro was sentenced to 13 years’ direct imprisonment for rape and Mokhethi to seven years’ direct imprisonment for house breaking and theft.

Both of these cases were investigated by Det. Const. Tshepo Olebile of the Ladybrand Family, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit.

Lt. Gen. Simon Mpembe applauded the investigating officer in ensuring that criminals were removed from society and encouraged crime victims to report crimes committed against them to their local police station.

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