Senior Free State cop jailed for 18 years

2013-04-15 22:12
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Johannesburg - A senior policeman was jailed for 18 years by the Sasolburg Regional Court on Monday for a number of crimes, said the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

Mahlatse Thobakgale was found guilty of three counts of rape, one of pointing a firearm and one of negligent discharge of a firearm, spokesperson Moses Dlamini said.

He was a Senior Superintendent based at the Free State provincial commissioner's office at the time.

In February 2010, Thobakgale threatened and abducted the Deneysville police station's clerk.

"[He] threatened the victim, 32 at the time, who is a clerk at the station, with a firearm," Dlamini said.

He forced her into his car and drove her to an isolated spot. He ordered her to strip and then raped her three times.

Afterwards Thobakgale took her back to the station.

He was arrested shortly afterwards and dismissed from the SA Police Service.

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