Gauteng serial killer found guilty of murder, rape

2016-04-28 18:18
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Pretoria  A serial killer who raped and murdered three women in the Onderstepoort area of Pretoria North was on Thursday convicted in the High Court in Pretoria on three charges of murder and four of rape.

Judge Vivian Tlhapi found Andries Makgae, 54, of Onderstepoort, guilty of raping and murdering three women, and raping a fourth woman, between January 2012 and January 2013.

The judge found Makgae had used the same modus operandi to murder all three of his victims, whose bodies were found in the same vicinity in dense bushes on an Onderstepoort smallholding.

All three women had been raped and strangled with their own underwear.

Makgae admitted that he had murdered the women and that he had raped two of them, but claimed one of the victims was his girlfriend and that they had consensual sex. He denied raping the fourth woman.

Hated women

Makgae told police after his arrest in 2013 that he started murdering after his wife accused him of giving her Aids, and because he hated women after he found out she was a prostitute.

Tlhapi convicted Makgae of raping and murdering Maria Pilore, 60, early in January 2012, raping and murdering Julia Mokgatla, 69, a month later and doing the same to Praise Mpatsi in January 2013.

She also convicted Makgae of raping a 44-year-old woman at her house near Onderstepoort just a few days after he murdered his third victim.

Pilore was last seen alive when she left a tavern in Onderstepoort on New Year's Eve. Her body was so badly decomposed that her family had to identify her from her shoes and a bucket she had with her.

Mokgatla was last seen alive when her husband sent her to a shop, and Mpatsi's husband last saw her alive when he left for work early in the morning.

DNA results

Makgae had broken into the home of his fourth victim and raped her twice during the night.

When he demanded money from her the next morning, she alerted her brothers, who arrested Makgae and handed him over to the police.

The victim has since died of natural causes, but a doctor who examined her testified that she could barely talk after being strangled.

The DNA results in that rape eventually linked Makgae to the three murders.

Tlhapi acquitted Makgae of raping and murdering a fourth unknown woman, whose body was dumped in the Bon Accord Dam, where it was found by police divers in December 2013.

He was also acquitted on a charge of murdering his friend, Sam Mufuleka, who died in July 2013 after his shack was set alight with him inside, because of a lack of evidence against him.

The trial was postponed until July 21 for sentencing proceedings.

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