Rapist sentenced to four life terms

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Taung Regional Court on Wednesday sentenced Lebogang Nyoka (34), to four life terms in prison on charges of rape, housebreaking, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and theft. He was denied bail and remained in police custody throughout the trial.

Police reports revealed that on 15 September 2014, Nyoka broke into a house occupied by a 40-year-old, while she was sleeping. He then assaulted the victim and raped her. Following this heinous crime, he then stole her television set and fled the scene.

North West National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Henry Mamothame said in a separate incident, Nyoka applied the same modus by breaking into a house in Pampierstat on 24 September 2014, occupied by a 64-year-old woman and her 9-year-old granddaughter, while they were asleep. He then threatened them with a knife before raping both of them. Following his action, he stole a laptop and fled the scene. The 64-year-old lady has since passed on while the matter was still in court.

“Nyoka was later arrested for an unrelated incident of housebreaking and police managed to link him to the other two rape incidents through DNA specimen. He pleaded not guilty to all charges”.

The Director of Public Prosecutions in the North West, Dr Rachel Makhari-Sekhaolelo lauded the state prosecutor and the investigating officer for a successful conviction.

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