The 14-year-old girl was walking home when she was raped.
A 23-YEAR-old man, who was found guilty of raping a 14-year-old girl while she was walking home, has been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment for the rape of a minor.
The accused, Kobus Julies, was sentenced in the Hartswater Magistrate’s Court earlier this week.
Police spokesperson, Colonel Mashay Gamieldien, said the incident happened on March 12, 2019 when the girl was walking home from Pampierstad to the plots in Hartswater via the Piet Strydom road.
“While walking home she met up with the accused who grabbed her and threatened her with a knife before forcing her to undress in the veld. He then raped her and fled the scene.”
The girl alerted the investigating officer, Constable Edwin Thabapelo, on March 30 2019 when she saw him at Pampierstad Mountain View.
“The suspect was immediately arrested but later escaped and was re-arrested on the same day.”
Gamieldien stated that the accused was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment for rape and five years for escaping from lawful custody.
“The sentences will run concurrently. The accused was also declared unfit to possess a firearm and his name was recorded in the national sexual offences register.”
She indicated that the accused was also linked to the rape of a 23-year-old woman while he was on trial in the Warrenton circuit court during February last year.