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10 years for brutal rape, murder

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Boom admitted that he and three other men tied up and tortured the victim.

Nico Boom. Picture: Supplied

A 20-YEAR-old man Campbell man has been sentenced to an effective 10 years’ imprisonment by the Northern Cape High Court for the brutal murder, rape and assault of a 32-year-old woman.

Nico Boom was convicted in November last year for the brutal murder of Monica Bloukop, whose body found in the veld on February 11 2013.

Bloukop was raped and killed on February 9 2013 but her body was only discovered two days later after Boom told his friends about its whereabouts.

Boom was initially charged for the incident together with three other men, Godfrey Titus, Alie Williams and Stanley Molorolong. Charges against the other three suspects were however withdrawn.

The charges against Boom included assault GBH, aiding Titus, Williams and Molorolong in raping Bloukop by holding her down, rape and murder.

In a statement read out in court last year, Boom admitted that he and three other men tied up and tortured Bloukop by burning her.

Boom said the ordeal took place at an abandoned house situated behind Bloukop’s home. He said one of the men gagged her by shoving a cloth into her mouth when she tried to scream. He said the other three men all took turns to rape Bloukop while he held her down.

Boom said he was the last person to rape Bloukop.

In the statement, Boom said that Titus had told him to slit Bloukop’s neck after the rape and he (Boom) took a knife from his pocket and did as instructed. The four men then carried Bloukop to a veld where Boom said Titus repeatedly hit her head against a tree trunk before they disposed of her body.

The Northern Cape police yesterday welcomed the sentence handed down to Boom.

A police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Dimakatso Mooi, said that the investigating officer was lauded for her sterling work in the investigation of the matter.

“Boom was found guilty on six charges and was sentenced to three years for assault GBH, four years for being an accomplice, six years for rape and a further 10 years for murder. The sentences will run concurrently. The investigating officer was applauded for her tireless effort in ensuring that those who transgressed the law, especially crimes committed against women and children, face the full might of the law,” said Mooi.