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Victim tells how she helped nab rapist

2012-05-02 11:20

Pietermaritzburg - The brave woman who helped police nab the notorious Bisley railway rapist begged him not to rape her as she was pregnant. But he did anyway.

She turned the tables, however, by assisting in his arrest - but it also meant she had once again to meet the monster who had lured her and other women by pretending to offer them jobs.

She was prepared to do this to save other women from falling victim to his dirty tricks.

She told The Witness she knew there was a bigger picture.

“I wanted him to get arrested so that this whole thing could pass and to be able to get on with my life.”

Terrified


At first, the thought of facing him terrified her, said the woman.

She didn’t know what to expect, she said.

Then, under police guidance, she called the man from the tavern where she worked, pretending to follow up on the job he had promised her.

“I asked where he was. He said he was around. I didn’t tell him I was at work,” she said.

However, shortly after the chat, he walked into the tavern.

“I was shocked,” she said. “I didn’t expect to see him.”

She said she stood trembling in fear, her mind suddenly flooded with flashbacks of the rape.

However, she managed to keep calm, putting on a straight face and pretending that nothing was wrong, she said.

“I went to him and greeted him,” she said.

“As we were speaking, I asked him about the job he had offered me before. I told him I was still interested. He told me to meet him the next morning so that he could take me to his boss,” she said. They chatted until the tavern owner walked in. Then, she got up and told her boss about him.

“I pointed at the rapist and told him that this was the guy who raped me,” she said. “I told him to close the doors in the tavern.”

As the doors closed, the man became suspicious and bolted. The woman immediately called the police, who were not far away.

They chased him and arrested him.

Seven rapes


She praised the police for making the arrest, saying they had made her feel protected.

The 32-year-old rapist made the first of his attacks in February. He raped seven women.

She went on to say her life had completely changed since being raped.

Flashbacks haunt her whenever she closes her eyes.

“When I think about him or see his face it all comes back to me. Everything that happened on that day … the whole picture, it all comes back,” she said, gazing into open space.

At four months’ pregnant, the only thing she could think of was her unborn child.

“I told him I was pregnant.”

She paused and then said: “He said I was lying and then raped me.”

The woman said she feels “dead” inside after what happened, but has to carry on with her life.

Police trap

Meanwhile, the head of the Midlands detectives and former Scorpions boss Brigadier Clifford Marion, who led the team that investigated the case, said they were determined to catch the rapist in the shortest possible time to save more women from falling victim to him.

On April 11, the intelligence team was given a brief to do their undercover work and track the rapist.

According to the team, they had already established his real identity and were closing in on him.

Their first step was to get all the dockets together to establish the rapist’s modus operandi.

They interviewed the victims and realised there was a victim he was particularly interested in - the one mentioned above.

“She was a very beautiful and attractive lady,” said Marion.

He had left his contacts with her and with this knowledge in hand, police realised that one way to catch the rapist was to set up a trap.

Initially, the police had set up two sting operations with the investigating team on stand-by. This was done on Friday, April 13, and another one was done the following day, but the rapist did not show up.

With the victim’s co-operation police managed to arrest the rapist on the Sunday and he was sentenced to nine life sentences a week later after pleading guilty.

Sergeant Xolani Mthuyane, who was part of the investigation team, said working on the case was the highlight of his career.

“Working on a case alone is not easy. Cases like this usually take years to solve, but this one was closed in just five days. In this instance we worked hard and as a team. We were on duty 24 hours."

Comments
  • JJ - 2012-05-02 11:30

    Well done to all involved for getting this guy off our streets!!

      Kenneth Nkuna - 2012-05-02 12:10

      Thanks to the brave lady and the Police as well, i just want to tell the lady that she has our support and everything will be fine.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-02 12:04

    In a few years time, he will be freed, full of vengeance for the girl who got him locked away.

  • verna.vwyk - 2012-05-02 12:09

    Well done!!! May you and your baby have a wonderful new life!!

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-05-02 12:14

    Brave woman indeed ey, that makes me proud of her

  • Kenneth Nkuna - 2012-05-02 12:26

    This is Barbaric this man he deserve to be hunged and killed we really dont need such kind of people, the lady must be strong everything will be fine

  • ArlsBlondie - 2012-05-02 12:27

    Very brave, well done, see what a difference when a few stand together over 1?! Can you imagine how we as a nation can make a difference by all standing together? We all, including myself, just need to find that braveness in us and make that difference.

  • Allan - 2012-05-02 12:36

    Give that girl a bells!, emm, after the child is born

  • rudi.engelbrecht - 2012-05-02 12:48

    Death Penalty for rapists

  • dumisiledee - 2012-05-02 12:56

    Well done indeed lady:)

  • Prudence Pelembe - 2012-05-02 13:04

    Im enchanted by your braveness

  • Ted - 2012-05-02 13:05

    Good work lady. To police, good work too but never set a trap on Friday the 13th!. Just an attempt to see a lighter side to a very sad story with a satisfactory conclusion.

  • Jonny Lee - 2012-05-02 13:16

    Yay brave lady! Good for you! I hope that the rapist feels dead inside after his first week in jail!

  • Dipuo - 2012-05-02 13:26

    Did this lady get offered some sort of witness protection what what...since our so called government is on a freeing spree to make space for new criminals??!! This ninja can easily pretend to be rehabilitated and go back to what he is famous for! Well done on catching the dude but is he gonna stay there? The RSA we live in... *sigh*

  • Genee - 2012-05-02 13:35

    This guy will not see the daylight in freedom again! I tip my hat to the very brave woman welldone, other will be safe because you chose to face your fear and take hold of your life by doing what puts this guy behind bars. I salute you.

  • Nick - 2012-05-02 13:38

    "he was sentenced to nine life sentences" in South Africa that equates to about nine years ....without parole,that is ?

  • muhammed.omarjee - 2012-05-02 14:03

    Well done to both the victim and the police! Just a thought.....Could this arrest have taken place without the victim going through the harrowing experience of confronting her attacker to lay a trap? Or was this the only avenue for the apprehension of the culprit?

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-02 14:20

    You are a true hero we should make you chief of police.

  • NeuroDepletion - 2012-05-02 18:45

    You should reword this headline as she is not a victim, she is a survivor, especially since she had the bravery to help catch him.

  • storm.mangove - 2012-05-02 19:54

    Thanks for helping the cops catch him,you saved lots.9 life sentences good for him!!!

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