Rapist sentenced to 30 years after child spots him two years later

2016-06-07 21:55


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Polokwane - A 27-year-old man from Mojeteng, Maake village, in Tzaneen has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after one of the children he raped identified him two years after the incident.

The man, Mpho Gift Malesa, was found guilty in the Limpopo High Court of four counts of rape. Malesa pleaded guilty to the crimes.

On Tuesday Judge Joseph Raulinga sentenced Malesa for the rape of four minors in the period between July 3, 2011 and October 2, 2012 in Seshego.

A 6-year-old girl was the first child to be lured and raped by Malesa. 

The court heard that the accused also lured 10 to 13-year-old boys by asking them to accompany him to help fix a bicycle. In one of the incidents, he made a child smoke dagga with him.

The accused was arrested after one of the victims spotted him two years after the ordeal.

The child then went home and told their grandmother. The matter was reported to the police. 

The NPA welcomed the sentence.

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