'Birthday rapist' free after slip-up

2012-03-02 16:25
Cape Town - The man known as the "birthday rapist", accused of multiple counts of rape, was mistakenly released after serving a prison term on another charge, a report said on Friday.

According to Eyewitness News, the department said that Mlungisi Mtshali was mistakenly released from custody after serving three months in jail for a minor charge.

He then failed to appear in the Johannesburg Regional Court on Thursday, where he is facing rape, sexual assault and kidnapping charges.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said investigating officers are trying to trace and apprehend the suspect.

They did not know how such a mistake could occur, he said.

He said investigating officers are trying to apprehend the suspect before he can rape and rob more people.

Mtshali's alleged modus operandi was to ask his alleged victims to join him in celebrating his birthday, and then take them to a hotel where he would allegedly rape them.

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