A man accused of raping two women was sentenced to life imprisonment by the De Aar Regional Court.
A MAN accused of raping two women was sentenced to life imprisonment by the De Aar Regional Court.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Sergio Kock said on Tuesday that the accused, Monde Nyeshe, was found guilty of luring a 19-year-old woman to his house at the Malay camp in De Aar on December 6, 2015, where he assaulted and raped her several times.
“The accused was arrested a few days after the charge was laid against him. Bail was successfully opposed but the case was struck off the court roll because of outstanding DNA results,” said Kock.
He added that on July 17, 2016, Nyeshe raped a 29-year-old woman at her boyfriend’s house in Nonzwakazi, De Aar.
“He threatened both the victim and her boyfriend with a knife and raped her in the presence of the boyfriend. He was arrested a week later by the De Aar SAPS.”
Kock said that the two rape cases were combined on November 4, 2016, while Nyeshe remained in custody until he was recently sentenced on July 28.
“He was found guilty on three charges of rape and received a life sentence for the charges.”
The provincial commissioner, Lieutenant-General Koliswa Otola, commended the investigating officers, Warrant Officer Edwin Mokgalagadi and Captain Wietz Coetzee from the De Aar SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit, for the “meticulous investigation”.
Otola believed that the life sentence would serve as a deterrent to other would-be criminals.
“The police will not leave any stone unturned while investigating crimes against women and children, especially as we are celebrating Women’s Month,” Otola added.
Picture: The investigating officer