Man sentenced to life in prison for murder,rape

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The North West High Court sentenced Thabang Gordon Moloi (28) to three life terms and a combined 279 years on 27 offences he was charged with. Moloi was sentenced to life imprisonment on each count of murder and two of rape.

On the night of 10 July 2016, at Ikageng near Potchefstroom, Moloi kidnapped an adult female whom he met on the street and dragged her to a nearby house and raped her.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Henry Mamothame said in a separate incident that took place on the night of 14 August 2017, Moloi together with an accomplice known as Rodger met a couple on the street and started assaulting the boyfriend with stones on the head and wielding their knives. They then dragged the lady to the next street and took turns to rape her.

Mamothame added that on the 3rd of  December 2017, Moloi and Rodger kidnapped three adult females at knifepoint, took them to an isolated location where they tied them up with shoelaces and proceeded to rape one of them while recording themselves. Later robbed the victims’ money before fleeing the scene.

“In a separate incident that took place on the night of 10 December 2017 at Ikageng, Moloi and Rodger came across two adult females near a pub, they kidnapped them at knifepoint and took them to an isolated area where they robbed their cellphones and demanded their bank cards and pin codes.”

Moloi was arrested on 19 December 2017 and charged and on 21 December 2017 while detained at Potchefstroom police station awaiting a court appearance. He attempted to escape but the police managed to arrest him.

Advocate Simphiwo Jika urged the court to consider the ordeal suffered by the vulnerable victims in the hands of Moloi.The Acting Director of Public Prosecutions in the North West, Dr Rachel Makhari- Sekhaolelo applauded the collaborative effort by the state.

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