Man jailed for rape

2016-02-17 06:00

PHUTHADITJHABA. – Mojalefa Koro (24) from the Katlehong Section in Qwaqwa was recently sentenced to double life plus 18 years imprisonment by the Harri-smith High Court after he had been found quilty on a number of rape cases.

He got 15 years for housebreaking and rape, two years for kidnapping and a year for assault with the intend to cause grievous bodily harm to a 22-year-old woman from the Katlehong Section at the Ha-Rankopane Village in Qwaqwa.

The woman was sleeping with her family, including a one-year-old baby on 13 December 2013 at about 21:00 when they heard people on top of their house.

The baby started to cry and two men, wearing balaclavas, stormed into their house. They were busy stealing the solar panel on the roof, causing the noise.

The woman was nine days away from her marriage.

The two men attacked the family with a firearm and robbed them of two cellphones.

On their way out, one of the suspects who had a firearm, forced the woman into an unfinished part of the house and raped her. They both then took her to a nearby donga where they both raped and assaulted her with sticks, leaving her helpless.

The Phuthaditjhaba Family, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit investigated this rape case.

The investigating officer, Const. Kelebogile Mazibuko, was eager to catch the two suspects. During her thorough investigation she got the name of Mojalefa Koro, known to the family, as a possible suspect.

Koro’s blood samples were taken to police laboratories for linkages to the victim and both crime scenes. The DNA tests came out positive on 3 September 2014. Koro was arrested and had been awaiting trial until 5 February 2016 when he had been found guilty and sentenced.

The other suspect is still on the run.

“I want to applaud the victim for her brave decisions and cooperation she gave in the investigation, including support from her family for justice to prevail. Wonderful work was conducted by the investigating officer. The message is out that crime doesn’t pay and the long arm of the law will always reach criminals. Break the silence and report any form of abuse,” said the Free State provincial commissioner, Lt. Gen. Thabethe Mpembe.

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