Death leads to rape case

2018-02-28 06:02

The controversial case concerning the death of a Thaba Nchu woman, Esther Kenalemang Seleke (45), ended in the sentencing of her lover, Sello Augustinas Ntheri (50), for rape instead of murder.

On 16 February the Bloemfontein High Court sentenced the accused to 15 years’ imprisonment for rape. This comes a year after the crime was committed on 12 February 2017.

Ntheri had pumped water into Seleke’s body by forcing a garden hosepipe into her and opening the tap. The victim reportedly died on 14 February at the Thaba Nchu Hospital, where she had been admitted.

Following Seleke’s death after the horrific act, Ntheri was charged with murder and rape. However, the accused was found guilty on the charge of rape.

Sgt Martin Xuma, spokesperson of the Thaba Nchu police cluster, said the state withdrew the charge of murder, as it could not be proven beyond doubt that the victim had died due to Ntheri’s act.

Xuma explained that the act amounted to rape, according to criminal law dealing with sexual offences.

Ntheri had been denied bail and had remained in custody until sentencing.

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