Convicted rapist gets life after woman attacked in Joburg

2015-12-13 18:31


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Johannesburg - A convicted rapist, robber and kidnapper who, along with a gang of men, attacked a woman in Johannesburg has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the crimes, Johannesburg police said.

This week, 31-year-old Lephalo Lenka, was sentenced in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court to life imprisonment for rape, 10 years for robbery with a firearm and five years for kidnapping.

"All sentences will run concurrently," said Warrant Officer Xoli Mbele in a statement.

Lenka was found guilty of being part of a group of three men, who last year in November, attacked a woman walking down the road in central Johannesburg.

Mbele said the men held her up at gunpoint, stole R850 from her and pulled her into a dark building. Lenka then raped her several times, he said.

Mbele said the woman asked Lenka to buy her food. She then told a security guard at the venue what had happened to her.

Police on patrol in the area were notified and Lenka was arrested. Police also recovered a knife, he said.

Mbele praised the investigating officer on the case, saying it was the police official’s "diligent work" that had ensured the conviction.

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