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NC man gets 10 years after DNA links him to rape

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A 33-year-old man, who was found guilty of rape and attempted rape after he was linked to the crimes by DNA evidence, has been sentenced to 10 years’ direct imprisonment by the Barkly West Magistrate’s Court.

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A 33-YEAR-old man, who was found guilty of rape and attempted rape after he was linked to the crimes by DNA evidence, has been sentenced to 10 years’ direct imprisonment by the Barkly West Magistrate’s Court.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Sergio Kock said the incident took place on May 2, 2016, when the woman was accosted by an unknown man as she was on her way home in Barkly West.

“The accused, Albert Boeta Khumalo, threatened her with a knife, dragged her into the veld and raped her,” said Kock.

He added that on October 29, 2017, Khumalo was at a social gathering with a 17-year-old girl.

“He tried to force her to have sex with him and severely assaulted her in the street.”

Tawna said the police arrested Khumalo, took DNA samples and he appeared in the Barkly West Magistrate’s Court but was, however, released on bail.

“The police linked the accused to the rape of the 33-year-old female with DNA and managed to arrest him on December 18, 2020.”

Tawana stated that bail was successfully opposed by the police.

“Khumalo was found guilty on both the rape and attempted rape charges and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment on March 7.”

The provincial head for Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences, Brigadier Nicky Mills, commended Detective Warrant Officer Aretha Claasen “for her perseverance and hard work in ensuring the perpetrator was not granted impunity for his heinous actions”.

Detective Warrant Officer Aretha Claasen. Picture: Supplied

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