Serial rapist arrested

Marapong — Lephalale Police, in partnership with the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenders (FCS) unit made a breakthrough on Tuesday 4 December when a 37-year-old rape suspect was arrested.

He has been linked with four rape incidents that took place in Marapong between 2015 and 2018.

The first alleged incident involved a 34-year-old woman whom he hit with a brick at the back of her head on 15 December 2015.

According to Police, the victim was leaving her cousin’s place around 23:00 and as she was walking through an informal settlement in Marapong Ext 4, she was hit and lost consciousness. When she woke up, she was half-naked, her panty and skirt missing.

Her money, cell phone and other belongings were also missing.

The second incident happened on 21 February 2016 around 02:00 when the victim was walking with her friend from a party. She was hit with a brick and fainted, her friend escaped. The suspect repeatedly hit her on the forehead with a brick and demanded money where after he dragged her to a park, pushed her down to the ground, tore her clothes and threatened her with a knife before raping her.

The third incident reportedly took place on 1 May 2018 around 23:00.

The victim was walking from Ext 1 to Ext 2, when she was hit with a brick on her forehead.

A knife was put to her neck and the suspect instructed her to keep quiet. He dragged her to a nearby house where she was raped.

The victim told police she tried to fight back and her finger was lightly stabbed with a knife. She further said the suspect demanded money after raping her.

The fourth and last of his spade of sexual assaults happened on 1 July 2018 outside a well-known carwash in Marapong.

The victim was with her sister when she complained of feeling nauseous and went outside. She was dragged by the suspect towards the scrapyard, where he tore her jumpsuit and penetrated her. He retreated when he saw people approaching the scene where he was committing crime.

Lephalale SAPS says the suspect was previously arrested and sentenced to two years imprisonment before he got parole, which would end in June 2019.

It has also been established that DNA linked him to the crimes committed.

He appeared in Lephalale Magistrate Court on rape charges on Wednesday 5 December.

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