West-End killer awaits sentencing

2011-03-16 22:30

Johannesburg - Jack Mogale, dubbed the West-End serial killer because he lured, raped and killed women at a factory near his home, was found guilty in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday on 52 of 61 charges.

Judge Frans Kgomo found Mogale guilty of nine kidnappings, 19 rapes, 16 murders, an attempted murder, three robberies with aggravating circumstances, a fraud or theft, an assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, a sexual assault and an escape from lawful custody.

Mogale, 42, had pleaded not guilty to all the charges. He continually testified that police, witnesses and his common-law wife Charlotte Manaka were conspiring against him.

Kgomo dismissed this claim as "far-fetched" and "fallacious".

Dubbed the "West-End serial killer" by police before his identity was discovered, Mogale lured black women to open areas where he raped and murdered them.

The crimes were mainly committed at the West-End brick and clay factory near his home in Waterworks, Westonaria, and at various locations in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg.

He attacked and murdered 15 women and a child between March 2008 to March 2009. He was arrested when police were given his car registration number after a teenager went missing.

The only two women to have survived his attacks testified during his trial that when they met him for the first time he claimed to be a Zion Christian Church preacher and a prophet.

One woman was given a herbal "tea" for uterine problems. She said he put herbs into her vagina and said he needed to have sexual intercourse to exorcise evil spirits from her.

He however said they were having an affair and the sex was consensual.

One woman said he gave her a lift, claimed to be prophesying over her, then took her to a veld where he attacked her. When she regained consciousness 24 hours later, her jaw had been dislocated and maggots were on her wounds.

Not a good witness

Kgomo said the calm and sequential manner in which 41 State witnesses testified throughout the trial was key in building the prosecution.

"The accused [however] was not a very good witness... with his contradictions and new versions [of events]... at times he wanted to shift blame onto his defence counsel," Kgomo said.

"I came to the conclusion that he was not telling the whole truth to the court.

"The accused did also not bring in witnesses to back up statements made during cross-examination by the State."

The court's judgment was assisted, to a large degree, by forensic analysis and expert advice from Professor Gerard Labuschagne, who headed the police's investigative psychology unit.

Many of Mogale's victims were unidentified but linked to him through Labuschagne's investigations. Nearly all the crimes had a similar modus operandi, circumstance, victimology (the study of crime victims) and location.

Most of Mogale's victims were either strangled or killed with blunt force injury, and 14 had a sexual nature, which Labuschagne, in his testimony, said was indicative of a serial killer.

The professor also concluded that all the cases were "undoubtedly by the same offender", Kgomo said.

The court would hear pre-sentencing reports on Thursday.

  • B line - 2011-03-17 07:51

    Suffer in prison and burn in hell

  • hf44083 - 2011-03-17 07:53

    The expression on his face is enoug to justify the death penalty being reinstated - such arrogance and indifference.

      Felix - 2011-03-17 10:29

      Cut off his hands, feet and tools. Then let him go free, I'm sure there are a few grieving family members that would love a chat.

  • detect - 2011-03-17 08:13

    The statement by one of his victims mentions that she was forced to put herbs into her vagina, is in fact, very sadly, a common practice among many men in South Africa. The herbs dry the vagina so that there is more friction and it is more pleasurable for the man. Not only is it painful for the women but it also makes the vagina more susceptible to tears and therefore a higher risk of HIV and STD transmission. When will the powers that be start educating people about this and stopping this horrendous 'tradition'?

      advurt - 2011-03-17 08:24

      Educate? Sorry - not possible.

      tigertank - 2011-03-17 08:25

      It does not benefit a certain political party to have an educated electoral base....lest the afore mentioned party be exposed for what they really are.

      B line - 2011-03-17 08:41

      tigertank, well said mate.

      ji - 2011-03-17 09:13

      @detect , i must disagree on your statement , "a common practice among many men in South Africa" , real men dont rape and you should not call this scum "men" but rather an uneducated savage .

  • advurt - 2011-03-17 08:23

    This monster must be killed slowly.

  • ratex - 2011-03-17 08:34

    So as i understand this. He was found guilty of 52 crimes against humanity, varying from rape, to murder etc. BUT, the kicker is that this c8nt still gets to vote, we have to pay for his board and lodgings, he gets to watch M net etc. In theory and based on our current Judicial system, he has more rights than law abiding citicens. FFS, screw the constitution, people like this do not have the right to live, bring back the death penalty and remove these kind of people from soceity.

      advurt - 2011-03-17 09:26

      Agree with you fully. When you take the life of another human being like this monster had done, you automatically forfeit all your "rights". I'd just love to hear what these d@mn bleeding hearts greeny tree huggers will have to say once it is their sons or daughters getting killed, raped or abused. F@ck 'em I say. Just a bullet in the back of the head of this type of animal and spare the tax payer the further burden - and promote a cleaner society.

  • Thembeka - 2011-03-17 08:35

    Lock him up and throw away the keys

  • partykarate87 - 2011-03-17 08:39

    "Mogale lured black women to open areas where he raped and murdered them" - Hows about he murdered a fellow human being.... Racial polarisation will never be defeated if colour is a defining characteristic of a murder,as the act remains unchanged regardless of colour,culture or social standing.. Lives were taken and thats that..

  • ji - 2011-03-17 09:00

    this is a perfect reason why the death penalty should be brought back , hang this scum and save the few tax payers thousands .

  • zulufox - 2011-03-17 09:01

    jack the raper! I really hope he burns in hell...

  • Chris - 2011-03-17 09:16

    Use this piece of sh1t and make an example of this piece of sh1t – hang him and broadcast it out for the nation to see – let it be that NO MORE will we stand for this and if you decide to rape, you will get caught, and you will get hanged! C’mon government please just please stand up against this rape nation. Protecting your tax payers, stopping spread of AIDS, fighting crime – you will be the heroes in every ones eye….and then you can loot as many as you want, just stop this crime PLEASE!

  • LadyJJ - 2011-03-17 09:18

    Can't they just hang him

  • Michael - 2011-03-17 09:39

    Why should we pay to let him live in comfort for the rest of his life at our expense. They should hang him!!!

  • BigMoose - 2011-03-17 11:30

    Time for public executions

  • Elvou - 2011-03-17 12:08

    this man needed not to sin on the first place to be jailed, he is ugly so much that the jail is him.

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