A Free State man who pretended to play with a child before raping her in an abandoned building has been handed a life sentence.
A FREE State man who pretended to play with a child before luring her to a dilapidated building and raping her has been handed a life sentence.
Molahlehi Ramatekwane, 49, was sentenced on Tuesday at the Edenburg Regional Court after a trial that lasted two years.
Free State police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said the incident happened in September 2018.
He said then 14-year-old girl was on the streets at about 7pm playing with a ball.
She then decided to go home and met Ramatekwane along the way.
Makhele said Ramatekwane then pretended to be playing with the victim, before kicking the ball to a dilapidated house close by.
“They both went into the house to look for the ball. The accused overpowered the victim and raped her. A community member appeared and rescued the victim.
Makhele said the community arrived at the scene, detained Ramatekwabe and called the police.
“The DNA results confirmed the incident and the eyewitness also gave admissible evidence before the court of law which helped strengthen the case,” he said.
The Free State provincial commissioner, Lieutenant-General Baile Motswenyane, commended the bravery and commitment of the eyewitness for giving water-tight evidence before the court which assisted in ensuring that justice was served for the teenager.