A man sentenced to life in prison for raping a 13-year-old girl

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Mogwase Regional Court on Thursday, 8 September 2022 sentenced a 42-year-old rapist to life imprisonment.The sentences emanated from an incident which occurred on Sunday, 17 March 2019. It was reported then that a taxi that was arranged to fetch a 13-year old and her two friends at a Game Reserve in Mogwase did not arrive. Thus, the girls decided to walk home.

Captain Aafje Botma of North West Police said while walking, they were offered a lift by an unknown motorist. “The girls were alighting after reaching their destination when the accused hastily drove off with the 13-year-old minor and ultimately raped her in the bushes”. The victim was during the ordeal, stabbed with a broken bottle. She managed to run to the road and got help. The matter was reported to the police in Mogwase for investigation.

Botma added that the accused was consequently arrested in April 2019 for kidnapping and rape. He was found guilty on Wednesday, 31 August 2022.

North West Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Sello Kwena welcomed this sentence.

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