Both the victims were 18.
A 30-YEAR-OLD man was sentenced on April 1 to 20 years imprisonment for raping two women .
Not only was Norman Benedict Moreki, 30, convicted of the rapes, he also received four years for robbery after he stole one of his victim’s cell phone, and two years for theft out of a motor vehicle. The robbery and theft sentences will run concurrently.
According to police spokesperson, Captain Sergio Kock, the first rape happened on June 13, 2016 when Moreki accosted an 18-year-old female near Buiteman Street in Galeshewe.
“At the time he was wearing a balaclava when he threatened and stabbed her in the right hand.
“He raped her and took her of cellphone before fleeing into the nearby veld,” Kock said.
The second rape incident took place on January 14, 2018, Kock said.
He said that at approximately 6am Moreki raped another 18-year-old female in a veld near Club 2000 in Galeshewe.
“He used the same modus operandi.
“Police followed up on information and Moreki was positively linked with his DNA.”
According to Kock, the two rape victims could not identify Moreki.
He added that both the women suffered cuts on their hands from trying to fight him off.
He was arrested 26 September 2018 and remained in custody until his sentencing.
According to Kock, the theft out of a motor vehicle took place in Galeshewe in June 2018.
“Moreki pleaded not guilty to all charges and insisted that he was romantically involved with both complainants. He told the court that he had consensual sex with the complainants.”
Kock said Moreki is expected to appeal.
“The South African Police Services (SAPS) welcomes the sentences.”
The Provincial Head for Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences, Brigadier Nicky Mills’ unit commended Detective Sergeant Tebogo Gumede for a job well done.
“Gumede was acknowledged for the extra long hours he put into the investigation.
“The meticulous investigation ensured that no impunity was granted to the offender of the heinous crimes,” said Mills.