Serial rapist sentenced to more than 10 life terms in prison

2018-12-27 06:00

A MAN (29) accused of raping women in various areas in the north of Durban was sentenced to 10 terms of life and an additional 235 years’ imprisonment at the Durban High Court on December 12.

The accused, Amos Ganyeni Ngobeni from Inanda, was convicted for a series of crimes including rape, robbery, kidnapping, attempted robbery and housebreak-ins. According to a statement from the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa, Ngobeni preyed on the complainants during the period of 2011 to 2016. The incidences took place in the Verulam, Inanda, Phoenix, Waterloo, Bhambayi, Amaoti, Hazelmere and Cottonlands areas. The accused’s modus was to forcibly, [by means of a knife and or violence] take the victims to a remote location where he raped them and stole their belongings.

Regional Spokesperson Natasha Kara said: “In some instances, the accused broke into the complainants’ homes, raped and robbed them.”

DNA evidence linked the accused to the victims and they were able to identify him. Senior State Advocate Noxolo Dube led the testimonies of the victims together with doctors and police officials.

Kara added: “In aggravation of sentence, Advocate Dube handed in victim impact statements compiled by the victims and facilitated by Court Preparation Officers Xolile Mzobe and Bongiwe Qwabe. In their statements, the parents of the minor complainants said they blamed themselves and felt as if they should have protected their children more.”

Ngobeni was sentenced to a term of life imprisonment each for the rape of the minors as well as the rapes he committed on diverse occasions and 15 years’ imprisonment each for the remaining counts of rape. He was further sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for each count of kidnapping, housebreaking and attempted robbery and 15 years’ imprisonment for each of the three counts of robbery.

Director of Public Prosecutions in KwaZulu Natal, Advocate Moipone Noko, said: “We gladly accept the conviction and sentence in this matter, it will undoubtedly send out a message that we will not tolerate crimes of this nature against our women and children.

“This sentence also demonstrates our commitment as the Criminal Justice System in curbing this crime. Well done to all NPA members involved in the successful prosecution of this matter.”

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