The long arm of the law has caught up with a Botshabelo man who raped three women and a teenage girl at separate places in Botshabelo between 2015 and 2016.This is after the Bloemfontein High Court convicted and sentenced the accused, Banny Ovies January (31) to long-term imprisonment. He was sentenced on 7 November after being found guilty of raping the four victims. January was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment, plus a further 43 years’ direct imprisonment. Sgt Martin Xuma said the accused had been positively linked to the crime through forensic DNA samples. The victims were 27, 29, 23 and 14 respectively at the time of the crimes being committed. He said January was initially released after one victim had withdrawn charges. However, charges were reinstated.Xuma said the victims were raped at night-time at knife-point in Section U, Botshabelo. He said two of the crimes were committed in 2015 and the others in 2016. Xuma said the accused had been out on bail at the time of raping the teenage girl and 23-year-old woman in 2016. He said the accused had offered to walk the teenager home at about 01:30 on 4 September. The teenager was going home in Section U, after a school tour. “The accused offered to walk her home as it was late. On the way he raped the victim,” said Xuma.He said when raping the 23-year-old woman, the accused had threatened the victim’s boyfriend with a knife. “He then raped the victim in one of the houses’ yard. The accused fell asleep and the victim escaped.”Xuma said January had been arrested last year and remained in custody until finalisation of the investigation, which culminated in long-term sentencing imprisonment.