The Bethlehem Regional Court has sentenced Thabo Kelvin Tsiki Motaung (37) to three terms of life imprisonment for rape and ten years for the attempted murder of his girlfriend (32). He was sentenced on 5 December for crime committed in April this year.Capt. Zweli Mohobeleli, police spokesperson, said Motaung had attacked the victim while binge drinking at his place in Clarens. He said the accused used tree cutting scissors and an iron rod to assault the victim, causing grievous bodily harm. Motaung had been offended when the victim drank his alcohol. “The victim ran out of alcohol and decided to drink some of Motaung’s beer. This infuriated him and he became violent,” said Mohobeleli. He said Motaung had been charged with rape after having held the victim captive against her will over five days. “The victim managed to escape and sought assistance from the police.” Mohobeleli said conviction and sentencing had followed intensive investigation by Sgt Frans Mofokeng of the Bethlehem Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit.