The man was found guilty of repeatedly raping his girlfriend.
A NORTHERN Cape man was sentenced to an effective 20 years’ imprisonment after he was found guilty of repeatedly raping his ex-girlfriend.
Keatlhotse Mothowakae, 25, was sentenced in the Mothibistad Regional Court to 70 years on four counts of rape; the sentences will run concurrently.
Northern Cape police spokesperson Captain Olebogeng Tawana said the rape incidents took place in 2015 and 2016.
“On the day of the incident the accused’s ex-girlfriend was walking home from church when she was accosted by Mothowakae.
“During the court proceedings it emerged that Mothowakae was sitting under a tree when he grabbed his ex-girlfriend by the hands as she was passing by. He dragged her to his residence, threatened to kill her with a pair of scissors and raped her.
“He used the pair of scissors to restrain her during the night, strangled her and prevented her from leaving his residence,” said Tawana.
He added that the complainant managed to break free in the morning and alerted the police about the gruesome ordeal that she had endured.
“During the rape the accused took the complainant’s cellphone.”
Tawana added that Mothowakae would be registered in the National Register for Sex Offenders. “He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.”
Tawana said that the Northern Cape Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major-General Phiwe Mnguni, commended the investigating officers, Captain Caren Nel and Sergeant Kenalemang Babeile, and the National Prosecuting Authority for securing the sentence.