Life sentence for rape

2015-08-05 06:00

THE Virginia High Court has convicted and sentenced Thibello David Rapitso (27) to life imprisonment for assaulting and raping a woman in Hennenman’s township of Phomolong in 2012.

Rapitso’s co-accused, Moeketsi James Mokoena, escaped punishment, as he reportedly died in October in 2013 in Senekal in the Eastern Free State.

He was out on bail at the time of his death.

The victim, who was 20 years old at the time of the rape, testified that the two men had attacked her and a female companion on their way home from a tavern in Phomolong.

While her friend ran for her life, the two men caught the victim.

They threatened to kill her with a knife.

The crime took place at about 02:40 on 11 March.

The victim testified that she had been taken to a house where the two men assaulted her and took turns at raping her.

She testified that she had regained consciousness when the police were at the crime scene, where Rapitso was arrested.

Mokoena fled the scene. He was arrested the following day in Seeisoville, Maokeng, Kroonstad

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