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23-year-old jailed for raping boys

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The two boys, aged 12 and 14, were raped when they slept over at the home of the accused.

The investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Edwin Magalagadi. Picture: Supplied

A 23-YEAR-OLD man was found guilty of two counts of rape in the Hanover Regional Court on Thursday.

Oliphant January, 23, was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for each rape but will serve an effective 30 years imprisonment while10 years was suspended.

The suspect has also been declared unfit to posses a firearm and his name was entered in the National Register for sex offenders

The incident dates back to Sunday, 26 March 2017, when two boys aged 12 and 14, slept over at the home of the accused in Hanover shanties.

January, who is known to the victims, raped both the boys in the early hours of the following morning.

One of the victims managed to flee and called for help.

Police successfully opposed bail and January was kept in custody until his sentencing.

The SAPS welcomes the sentences handed down.

The Provincial Head for Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual offences (FCS) unit, Brigadier Nicky Mills commended the investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Edwin Magalagadi of the De Aar FCS unit for a job well done.

“The Police will continue with this mandate entrusted upon us to ensure that perpetrators committing these heinous crimes against children are removed from society,” said Mills.