Law catches up with rapist

2016-06-22 06:00

THE long arm of the law has once again shown that criminals can run, but cannot hide.

The proof is in the conviction and sentencing of Matundela Gabriel Molefi (31) for the rape of three women in Bloemfontein between 2004 and 2014.

Molefi was sentenced in the Bloemfontein High Court on Wednesday (15/06) to 30 years in prison after he was found guilty of raping the three victims.

He was reportedly one of the three men involved in the rape of three women between 2004 and 2014 in Batho, Bloemfontein.

Molefi’s sentencing followed almost 12 years of investigation into the rape cases and also brought justice to the victims, one of whom was a teenager at the time of her rape in 2004.

The High Court also declared Molefi unfit to possess a firearm.

The police had used DNA forensic tests to trace and bring Molefi to book after he had evaded arrest.

The court heard that the accused, together with two accomplices, had preyed on the three victims after they had returned from a tavern.

All three of the rape cases had been reported for investigation to the Batho and Mangaung Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit in Bloemfontein.

Const. Peter Kareli, provincial police spokesperson, said the investigation was ongoing to bring the other two accomplices to book who are still on the run.

DNA findings identified Molefi as one of the men in the rape of the first victim.

This rape had taken place at about 01:00 in the Batho location, Bloemfontein, during 2004.

The victim was then 14 years old.

The two sexual predators confronted the teenager on her return from a tavern and threatened her with a knife.

The victim was then forcefully taken to a dark, secluded area, where the suspects took turns at raping her at knifepoint.

They let the victim go after raping her.

She then went to her boyfriend’s residence to inform him about her ordeal at the hands of the unidentified men.

The second incident that Molefi was positively connected to via DNA results is the rape of a then 29-year-old woman in 2011.

She was also raped at about 01:00 in the Batho location in January 2011, after being threatened.

The victim had been accompanied by her boyfriend when two strangers attacked them, catching the woman as her boyfriend ran for his life.

The perpetrators assaulted the victim with a broken beer bottle and thereafter took turns at raping her.

The third rape case that linked Molefi through DNA tests occurred in November 2014, after the victim and her boyfriend, along with the accused, had engaged in a drinking spree which began at a tavern and continued at the victim’s house.

It emerged that the third rape victim was a neighbour of Molefi. He raped the victim, then 30 years old, at her place after her boyfriend had passed out on the couch.

Realising that the victim’s boyfriend would not wake up, Molefi reportedly went to the victim’s bedroom and made himself comfortable in the bed with the victim.

The woman reported that she woke up to find Molefi on top of her, having non-consensual intercourse with her.

She screamed for help and Molefi then fled the house.

The victim related her ordeal to her boyfriend and he accompanied her to report the incident to the police.

Molefi was arrested by investigator WO Gabriel Booi, whose intensive investigation, using DNA, positively connected the sexual perpetrator to the rape cases.

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