for two child rapists
Rustenburg – Two men will find out the hard way that crime does not pay after they were each handed life sentences by the Bafokeng Regional Court in two separate judgements made on Tuesday 5 March and Wednesday 13 March.
In the first case, a 52-year old man was found guilty of raping two children in December 2016. The man, who showed no remorse during the trial, was handed two life sentences after the state proved to the court how the man lured the children into a room he rented in Tlhatlhaganyane village, before raping them.
In the second case, a 42-year old man was handed three life sentences for raping three children in an area close to Boitekong and Tlhabane between September 2012 and March 2013.
According to police spokesperson captain Elsabè Augoustides, the man approached the minors while they were playing in the streets. “He lured the children by convincing them he knew their parents and pretending to talk to the ‘parents’ on his cell phone. After gaining their trust, he would then take them to a shrubbery area in Yizo-Yizo informal settlement and rape them,” she said.
After committing a series of heinous crimes, the man’s luck eventually ran out when he left one of his victims unconscious after striking her with a rock. This was after the child had bitten off part of his tongue during the rape ordeal.
The man, who was now on the run, put himself in more trouble by supplying false identification details at Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital, where he had gone to seek medical assistance for his wounds.
Police investigations and community awareness initiatives led to the arrest of the man in July 2013.
Investigations by detective constable Obakeng Rasego and captain Eagerbord Mokgatlhe played a key role in the apprehension of the two offenders
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