Four men sentenced for gang rape

2015-08-05 06:00

THE Wesselsbron Regional Court has sentenced two teenage boys and two young men for gang raping a young woman in September 2013.

The four rapists were convicted and sentenced during their recent ­appearance, ending the rape trial at which six males stood accused.

Five were found guilty, but the sixth was acquitted.

The trial was also heard in the Welkom Regional Court, which sentenced the fifth rapist, Tshepo Sehuba (20), to 15 years’ imprisonment on 3 November 2014 after he pleaded guilty.

The recent sentencing of the two teenage boys, aged 16 and 17, and their co-accused, Ndoyisile Mbalola (18) and Tefo Mokodutlo (24), finally brought the case to a close.

At the time of the crime, the victim was 25 years old.

The Wesselsbron Regional Court sentenced each of the two teenagers to 12 years in prison, while Mbalola and Mokodutlo received eight and 15 years respectively.

According to law, the two teenagers’ names cannot be mentioned because they are still younger than 18.

The court heard the rapists took turns in raping the woman behind the Sehloho tuck shop and threated to kill her if she tried to scream for help, with one placing a knife on the victim’s chest.

The rapists confronted and overpowered the victim, who was accompanied by two friends, on their way from the Phola Tavern in the Matamong section, a residential area in Monyakeng, Wesselsbron.

The victim’s companions escaped the attack.

The victim was later rescued from the rapists by two male friends who scared off two of the rapists who had planned to rape the victim at a local graveyard.

The two male friends of the victim took her to the Monyakeng Police Station to open a case of rape

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