DNA evidence sinks serial rapist

2012-06-13 09:46

Pretoria - A man was found guilty of eight counts of rape by the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday.

Reginald Temana, 20, hid his face after being convicted on the eight charges, one of attempted rape, three of robbery with aggravating circumstances and five of theft.

The matter was postponed to July 12 for sentencing. Temana claimed his victims were part of his harem of girlfriends.

Judge Cynthia Pretorius found Temana had raped eight women and attempted to rape a ninth victim on a mountain in bushes near the Pretoria Zoo between October 2009 and March 2010.

Took victim’s shoes

All the women testified how the short, friendly Temana had attacked them after approaching them on the streets of Pretoria's central business district. He threatened and assaulted his victims, forced them into the bushes and raped them.

The youngest of his victims was 16. He robbed all the women of their cellphones and money. In one case he took his victim's shoes.

One of the women followed him into the mountain after he had grabbed her handbag on the street, but managed to escape after kicking Temana in the genitals when he tried to rape her.

His last victim was waiting for her boyfriend in the street, sometime after Temana had raped her, when she saw him walking by. She alerted a group of taxi drivers who caught Temana and handed him to the police.

When police found her cellphone and money in his flat Temana claimed she was a disgruntled girlfriend.
Temana was linked to the seven rape victims through the DNA in his semen.

Most of the women pointed him out within seconds at police identity parades, with two of them telling the court they would never be able to wipe the memory of his face from their minds.

DNA evidence indisputable

Many of his victims described a scar on his chest. Temana showed off his scar when he showed his chest in court.

Temana told the court he had sex with so many women he could not remember all their faces, but claimed he mostly had sex with women in his flat and had never been to the mountain.

He could not explain why his victims, who did not know each other, all testified that he had raped them on the mountain.

When confronted with the DNA test results, he answered there "was nothing he could say".

Judge Pretorius said none of the witnesses had any doubt it was Temana who had raped them and she had no hesitation in accepting their evidence.

  • snoopy.snoopaloop - 2012-06-13 09:54

    KILL HIM!!! I hope he gets nothing less than Life! For what its Worth. Sick F*ck! I hope they sodomize you forever in prison.

      eil33nn - 2012-06-13 09:58

      He doesn't even realize that what he did was wrong. That is the culture we are breeding in South Africa! Sick!

      Squeegee - 2012-06-13 10:07

      One down, many more to go. Wanted to say well done SAPS, but then again it was a victim and some taxi drivers that caught him.

      Carla - 2012-06-13 11:26

      @eil33nn - I don't for a second believe that this sick bastard doesn't know that what he did was wrong. He's just playing stupid in the hopes that it would get him off. I don't think that there are many men out there that, after a one night stand, will keep the girls' cell phone, money and shoes.

      rainbow.nation.39 - 2012-06-13 14:15

      Thank the lord they got him now. imagine what he would be capable of in 10 years time would probably be a seriel killer by then. sick evil man, lets hope the justice system does their job and snetance him to so many life sentances that he never gets out of jail. he is a danger to the public.

  • Werner Badger Jonkers - 2012-06-13 10:10

    yeah DNA,some parts of world police forensics has almost forgot about it. If the government officials stop being corrupt,argue and bicker. More criminals would be locked up and better faster crime fighting an medical technology. Instead of making a palaver over stupid senseless manure.

  • Cosmic - 2012-06-13 10:35

    Why is it that there is a White Man with a his face in his hands on the Main Page of News 24 with a link to this article?

      kent.paulsen.79 - 2012-06-13 12:02

      Why do you not ask News24, they placed the picture on their website. What answer do you exoect from the commentators?

  • trevor.roberts.148 - 2012-06-13 10:42

    Hang him slowly.

  • zile.sotyantya - 2012-06-13 10:42

    I hope you will be a sacrificial lamb amongst the fighting gangs in jail...for the rest of your prison life.

  • Jaco - 2012-06-13 10:52

    Hang the bastard, BUT, what about that poor women, will court order that they get help, paid by the goverment? I feel for them, I don't know, but do they have the money to go for proffesional help. They have the right to live a normal life, but how will they do it with this terrible scar.This women needs urgent counseling and it is the goverment who must pay for it.

  • semakaleng.thulare - 2012-06-13 11:00

    Why is the goverment embracing "shoot to kill" but they can't hang these pigs decently?

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