A Free State man who raped his mother because he believed she was possessed by demons has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Free State High Court, sitting in Clocolan.
The 21-year-old man was under the influence of drugs when he assaulted and raped his mother on 3 June 2018.
According to police spokesperson Colonel Thandi Mbambo, the man arrived at his mother's home in Hlohlolwane, Clocolan, between 04:00 and 07:00, where he woke her up and assaulted her, severely bruising her. He then accused his mother of being "possessed by demons" and raped her.
Neighbours heard her screams and came to her rescue. They found the man while he was raping his mother, arrested him and called the police.
The court found the man guilty and sentenced him to life imprisonment for the rape and four months for assault.
The man's identity is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim.