VILLA NORA — On Friday 22 February Berrent Kapi Modiba (34) was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by the Lephalale Regional Court on two charges – 15 years imprisonment for rape and five years for housebreaking.
According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale Cluster spokesperson, on 25 February 2017 around 04:00, Modiba went to a 78-year-old woman’s house in Abbotspoort, Ntotomeng section. He woke her up by rubbing her body and when she asked what he was doing, he said: “I am your man.” He thereafter unlawfully and intentionally had sexual intercourse with her against her will.
Investigating Officer Constable Frans Thulare of the Family Violence and Child Protection Unit said the case was challenging because the victim didn’t know who the suspect was. He had to do several DNA tests on various males in the neighbourhood as he suspected that the suspect may be living nearby the victim’s homestead and his suspicion was right.
Constable Thulare previously managed to investigate other rape cases where there were no known suspects and all the cases ended in lifelong imprisonment due to DNA tests.
Modiba was arrested on 25 January 2018 and declared unfit to possess a firearm.