Alleged rapist caught by police

2015-08-05 06:00
THE Welkom Police Flying Squad duo who caught the alleged rapist red-handed are WO Morne Cilliers and Capt. Ludick Hayes.
 Photo: Supplied

THE Welkom Police Flying Squad duo who caught the alleged rapist red-handed are WO Morne Cilliers and Capt. Ludick Hayes. Photo: Supplied

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THE Welkom Police Flying Squad duo, WO Morne Cilliers and Capt. Ludick Haye, received the thumbs up to bust an alleged rapist in the act on Saturday (25/07).

The two officers caught the accused, Phumzile Eric Sinare, in the act allegedly raping a 44-year-old woman. The suspect was caught red-handed, under one of the trees in an open field bordering Welkom-Gimnasium and some houses in Jim Fouché Park, Welkom.

They reacted instantly after residents living in the vicinity alerted them after they had heard a woman screaming for help.

The suspect re-appeared in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court on Monday (03/08), facing a charge of rape.

Lt. Col. Nkesi Tsiu, the commander of the Welkom Flying Squad, applauded the two officers for their immediate reaction to bust the alleged rapist.

“I am very proud of these members’ good job arresting a criminal in the act. This is the mandate of the flying squad to attend to crimes in progress,” said Tsiu.

Capt. Stephen Thakeng, the Welkom police spokesperson, said apparently the 44-year-old woman was on her way from work when she was attacked by the suspect at about 18:00.

He said the suspect threatened the woman with a pair of scissors pressing it against her. He then raped the woman

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