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Man gets 12 years for housebreaking and attempted rape

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The Carnarvon Regional Court handed down a 12-year prison sentence to a 24-year-old Northern Cape man who was convicted of housebreaking and the attempted rape of a 47-year-old woman on a farm in Loxton.

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THE CARNARVON Regional Court handed down a 12-year prison sentence to Kerneels Maerman, 24, after he was convicted of housebreaking and the attempted rape of a 47-year-old woman on a farm in Loxton on July 16, 2023.

Northern Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Timothy Sam said on Tuesday that the court heard that Maerman had kicked open the door of the complainant’s home and repeatedly assaulted and attempted to rape her.

“The woman’s son, who was hiding under the bed, managed to flee and seek assistance from the farmer, who reported the matter to the police. The accused was subsequently arrested,” said Sam.

He added that Maerman was convicted on May 31 after he was found guilty of housebreaking with the intent to rape and attempted rape.

“He was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for the offence and was also declared unfit to possess a firearm,” said Sam.

The State prosecutor, Thakiso Thebane, and the investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer Floris Fritz from the Carnarvon Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit. Picture: SAPS

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