Life imprisonment for serial rapist

2017-05-12 11:02
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Polokwane – Serial rapist Lucan Malokolle Phalane was sentenced to life behind bars by the High Court in Limpopo.

Phalane was convicted of 25 counts of rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances and housebreaking.

NPA provincial spokesperson Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi said Phalane was found guilty and sentenced on Thursday for his reign of terror which started in 2011 and ended in March last year.

He raped 16 females, aged between 13 and 45, from communities in the villages around Burgersfort, Lenyenye and Tzaneen.

"He also robbed his victims of cash, jewellery and cellphones. The accused was finally arrested at Angelo squatter camp in Boksburg, Gauteng after one of the complainants recognised him from the police identikit," said Malabi-Dzhangi.

During the trial, the court heard testimony of how Phalane and an accomplice roamed around the communities during the night and broke into houses to rape the victims.

He would also attack his victims in the streets by pouncing and ambushing them while walking alone, or in the company of their partners.

Phalane was sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape of a 13-year-old girl, and 15 years each for 11 counts of rape.

The sentences will run concurrently to the life imprisonment sentence.

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