House-breaker, failed rapist gets 20 years

2016-08-18 06:00

DURING the night of 16 November, 2014, a house in Amandawe was burgled while the owner was at work. When he returned the next day he found his home theatre system, DVD player, flash drive, two remote controls and a Nike bag had been stolen.

Forensic evidence revealed that the perpetrator was Thabiso Ngcobo (21), and further investigations revealed he was linked to other cases.

On 28 July, Ngcobo appeared in the Scottburgh Regional Court where he was convicted for the crimes.

Ngcobo was arrested on 12 May, 2015 and the stolen property which he had sold to a woman in Amahlongwa, was recovered.

While Ngcobo was being sought by police for the burglary, he committed other crimes.

On 1 April, 2015 at 7pm, a 54-year-old woman was returning from a shopping mall when she was accosted by Ngcobo on the corner of Galway and Arbuthnot streets, Scottburgh.

She tried to run away, but he managed to catch her, threatened her with a broken bottle and demanded money and her cellphone.

After taking her cellphone he undressed her and attempted to rape her. She resisted and he assaulted and stabbed her in the face and body with the broken bottle.

Ngcobo released her and fled when he heard someone call out his name. The woman, drenched in blood and wearing only a T-shirt, ran to her employer’s flat for help.

Ngcobo had already been arrested in the housebreaking case and was in police custody when the woman positively identified him at an identity parade.

He was found guilty of housebreaking, aggravated robbery and attempted rape and was sentenced to five years’ for housebreaking, 10 years’ for robbery and five years’ for attempted rape.

The attempted rape sentence is to run concurrently with the robbery.

Both cases were investigated by Detective Constable Dillon Khamisa of the Scottburgh SAPS Detective Service. Major General Agnes Nxamagele, the Ugu Cluster Commander commended Constable Khamisa for the excellent investigation and professional presentation of the case docket for trial.

“I am pleased with the outcome of the case, which was as a result thorough investigation. The investigating officer has worked closely with the public prosecutor to ensure a successful prosecution and I urge him to continue with this high standard of investigation,” said General Nxamagele. - Supplied.

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