Policeman jailed after assault

2018-05-09 06:02

A male police officer who was stationed at the Bethulie Police Station has paid the price of being on the wrong side of the law.

He got himself in the wrong when he assaulted and attempted raping a 33 year old woman in July 2017.

The accused is well-known by the victim since they were colleagues working at the police station.

The Bethulie Regional Court has sentenced Molefi Andries Mangadi (30) to six years direct imprisonment.

Mangadi, who was a constable, was convicted and sentenced on 24 April. The court found him guilty on two counts – attempted rape and assault grievous bodily harm.

Sgt Sinah Mpakane, police spokesperson, said on 19 July 2017, at about 03:00, Mangadi who reportedly was drunk, went to the victim’s place where he requested her to give him R20 to buy beer.

Mpakane said Mangadi then demanded to have sexual intercourse without her consent, besides his request for cash to buy beer.

She said the accused was already in the victim’s bedroom when he made the demand to have sex with her.

“Mangadi had followed the victim to her bedroom when she went there to fetch the requested amount of cash. Once there, he demanded to have sex with her.

“He then physically assaulted her, threw her on the bed and tried to rape her.

“The victim tried to fight back to fend of the accused but was overpowered.

“She sustained visible bruises on her neck and face due to the assault and during her struggle to fend of the accused.

“Mangadi stopped when he realised the injuries she sustained, and he apologised to the victim.

“She reported the matter to the police. Mangadi was arrested and charged with attemp­ted rape and assault,” Mpakane said.

Mpakane said testimony by the victim, and findings, proved that the victim never had a relationship with Mangadi. The court further declared the convicted police officer unfit to possess a firearm.

His conviction and sentencing were followed by the thorough investigation by Det. Sgt Lydia Seale from Bloemfontein and Const. Isaac Mothibedi Ntsepe from Trompsburg.

The two investigators are attached to the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences units of the respective towns.

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