Accused serial rapist arrested

2016-09-13 06:00

SAPS Investigative Psychology Unit arrested a 45-year-old man in Pinetown last week for rape incidents that occurred in Waterloo, Verulam.
Police had been investigating the case for years until the arrest and the suspect was eventually arrested at his workplace in Pinetown.
The accused has been positively linked to 11 cases of rape through DNA.
According to police the man would accost couples and young girls and rape them at gunpoint in Waterloo and surrounding areas.

Police have been investigating cases­ with the same modus operandi that were first reported from September 2008 to July 2016.

The suspect appeared at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court and was remanded in custody until Friday 16 September for a bail application.

Pinetown SAPS communication officer Warrant Officer BJ Manqele said: “We appeal to other people who have been victims of similar incidents and who have not reported it to the police, to come forward. The investigating officers can be contacted in order for the suspect to face the consequences for his actions.”

Contact Captain Patsha on 082 560 9761 or 031 325 6328 or Sergeant Bekwa on 083 987 1782 or Crime Stop on 086 001 0111.

In a separate rape case a 44-year-old man was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment for rape last week in the Pinetown Regional Court.
The rape took place in 2013 when the victim was seven years old and lived at KwaBhontshisi Informal Settlement in Wyebank near Pinetown.
She was playing with her friends when she was called home by her father­ who raped her. The victim reported the incident to her mother and her aunt. A case of rape was opened at Pinetown police station and the docket was transferred to Pinetown Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for investigation that led to the arrest of the accused.
The accused made various court appearances before being convicted and sentenced.

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