Ulundi attack: Three rapists get life terms

2012-04-16 00:00

A DECISION by three men to rob a senior court official because she lived alone has landed them in jail with life sentences.

The high court in Pietermaritzburg heard that Tholumusa Nhlakanipho Biyela (20) came up with the idea after he, Mazwi Mdluli (21) and Sabelo Patrick Mokoena (22) were walking from a tavern in Ulundi last August.

Armed with knives, they entered the court official’s home after Biyela had kicked down the door. When she came to investigate the noise, they demanded money, which she said she did not have.

The three then took turns to rape her in front of her three-year-old child.

Judge Kobus Booyens noted that thre three pleaded guilty and had therefore not wasted the court’s time, but he said alcohol could not have played a role because they knew what they were doing. He sentenced them to life imprisonment for rape, 15 years for housebreaking and five years for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

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