Life in jail for Northern Cape man who stabbed woman with beer bottle before raping her

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A man has been sentenced to life in prison for rape and assault.
A man has been sentenced to life in prison for rape and assault.
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A Northern Cape man has been sentenced to life in prison in the Kuruman Regional Court after he stabbed a woman 11 times with a beer bottle before raping her.

The incident took place on 17 December 2017. The 33-year-old woman was on her way home to Loopeng village when Malebogo Lecholo, 28, approached and assaulted her.

According to police spokesperson Colonel Mashay Gamieldien, the woman managed to escape and reported the incident to her brother-in-law and the police. She was admitted to a local hospital, where she received medical treatment.

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Lecholo was arrested on 18 December 2018 and was sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday. He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.

Brigadier Nicky Mills, the head of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences units in the Northern Cape, welcomed the sentence.

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