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Attempted NC rapist gets 24 years in jail

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Women fight off attempted rapist in two separate incidents in Alexander Bay. One victim was pregnant at the time of the incident.

An attempted rapist was sentenced to 24 years imprisonment by the Port Nolloth Regional Court. File image.

AN ATTEMPTED rapist was sentenced to 24 years imprisonment by the Port Nolloth Regional Court.

Northern Cape police spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock said that the accused, Paulus Pienaar, 37, had attempted to rape two women in two separate incidents in Sandrif, Alexander Bay. Both women managed to fight him off.

Kock said the first incident occurred on April 12 last year when Pienaar attempted to rape a 39-year-old pregnant woman.

He said that Pienaar gained entry into the women’s shanty in Sandrif through a window, at about 1.30am, while she was sleeping.

“He tried to rape her but did not succeed as the woman was screaming and shouting. The woman was three months’ pregnant at the time of the incident. Pienaar was arrested on the same day and later received R500 bail,” said Kock.

He added that in a separate incident, on June 21 this year, Pienaar forced open the window of a bedroom at a house in Sandrif, at about 11pm, and threatened another 39-year-old woman with a knife.

“The accused instructed her to undress and attempted to rape the victim. The woman fought back and the accused fled. He was arrested hours later and remained in custody until he was sentenced.”

Kock said that Pienaar was recently sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for attempted rape, three years’ imprisonment for housebreaking with the intent to rape, seven years for sexual assault and another four years’ imprisonment for housebreaking and theft.

“The accused was handed a total of 24 years’ imprisonment and was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.”

The acting deputy provincial commissioner for crime detection, Brigadier Nicky Mills, commended warrant officers Ulrich Aitken and Andre Swanepoel from the Port Nolloth SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit for the commitment and dedication that they showed in the two cases.

“Protecting our women and children remains one of the priorities of the SAPS.”