Man sentenced to life imprisonment for raping an elderly woman

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Mahwelereng Regional Court in Limpopo on Thursday 29 April 2021, sentenced a 29-year-old Malose Lucky Mathiane to life imprisonment for rape and 15 years for house breaking.

These sentences follow an incident that occurred on the 27th of  January 2019 when a 72-year-old woman was attacked and raped by an intruder in her house, at one of the villages in the Mahwelereng area.

Limpopo Police Spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the accused, who was wearing a balaclava and gloves, broke into the house, threatened the victim with a knife and raped her.

“The vulnerable woman managed to fight back, injuring the perpetrator on the finger. The accused then fled the scene with the victim’s cellphone.”

Ngoepe added that the victim, with assistance from the neighbours, called the police and they promptly responded. “The case of rape was opened and thereafter transferred to the Saps Mahwelereng Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit for further investigations.”

He said the accused was arrested after he was positively linked following a lengthy investigation and outstanding work by Detective Sergeant Lesetja Langa. The accused was kept in custody with no bail until he ultimately got sentenced.

Limpopo Police Commissioner-General Nneke Ledwaba, praised this member for his dedication and commitment after he worked on this case tirelessly until the accused was permanently removed from society.

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