Rapist, murderer who terrorised Kopanong residents in Free State handed 35 years in jail

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A Free State rapist has been sentenced to 35 years.
A Free State rapist has been sentenced to 35 years.
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  • The 34-year-old is accused of carrying out several house robberies and raping victims aged between 16 and 34.
  • He faced five counts of robbery and rape, using the same modus operandi between 2013 and 2015.
  • The man was tracked down to prison where he is serving a murder sentence.  

A man accused of terrorising residents of Kopanong, in Mangaung in Free State, has been sentenced to 35 years in jail.

John Komane, 34, was recently sentenced in the Bloemfontein High Court for the crimes he committed between 2013 and 2015.

He would commit house robberies, rape victims and rob them of their valuables, police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said. 

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Makhele said the cases were assigned to an officer at the Provincial Serial and Electronic Crimes Unit (SECI). 

He had targeted victims aged between 16 and 34, who lived around Kopanong.

The use of forensic support by the investigating officer placed Komane at the crime scenes.

Komane was traced to prison in August 2019 where he was serving a 15-year sentence for murdering a 68-year-old woman. 

He broke into the home and strangled the woman to death, Makhele said. 

While Komane was sentenced to 35 years direct imprisonment, he will effectively serve 28 years, as one count of rape and house robbery would run concurrently, Makhele said.

Free State police provincial commissioner, Lieutenant-General Baile Motswenyane welcomed Komane's sentencing and lauded the work by the investigating team.

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