Rapist jailed for life

2019-12-11 06:00

The name of convicted rapist Patrick Tshepo Monyetsane (34) will be included in the National Register for Sex Offenders having received three life terms and an additional 20 years’ imprisonment.

The accused was sentenced (29/11) in the Free State High Court by Judge Phillip Loubser, who further ordered that his name must be included in the register.

The register keeps record of people who have been convicted of raping children or the mentally ill, and those who were accused of raping a child or a mentally ill person, but were declared mentally unfit to stand trial.

Convicted offenders are not allowed to work with children, adopt, or apply to be foster parents.

Monyetsane was found guilty of raping four women between 2009 and 2018 at separate incidents in Phase 6 and Joe Slovo, Bloemfontein.

He was found guilty of two counts of housebreaking with intent to rape, two counts of rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Phaladi Shuping, spokesperson of the Director of Public Prosecution, said the court also declared the accused unfit to possess a firearm. The accused evaded arrest since 2009 after the first reported rape of a woman then 39 years old.

Other victims were a 25-year-old woman on 13 July 2012 and a 20-year-old woman on 21 July 2013.

Shuping said the accused threated the victims with a knife and firearm. The rape spree ended last year when he was arrested in connection with the rape of the fourth victim, a 19-year-old woman reportedly raped on 21 July in Phase 6.

Shuping said DNA samples linked Monyetsane to other cases and he was being positively identified by the victims.

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