Oudtshoorn court hands life sentence to rapist for violating safety of four teens

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On Wednesday, the Oudtshoorn Regional Court handed a life sentence to a 41-year-old rapist after finding that he threatened, and violated, the safety of four teenagers. 

“The first incident of violence was reported to authorities after the man took his son to the bathroom at their residence on a farm just outside Oudtshoorn on 02 October 2019 under the pretence to cut his hair.

“He stabbed the 17-year-old twice with scissors before his mother came to his rescue. A case of assault with the intent to grievous bodily harm was later opened for police investigation,” Sergeant Christopher Spies reports.

On 30 November 2019, police received reports of rape and sexual assault from two 14-year-old girls. One girl reported that the accused asked the girl to go inside his bungalow at Toekomsrus and violated her. She managed to escape after calling out for help when hearing a family member outside. The other girl reported multiple threats and violation by the rapist over a period of time.

Another 15-year-old girl also approached the police with reports of being raped by the man.

“The lengthy incarceration of the perpetrator should serve as a deterrent to family members who use their family relationship with minors to violate them. They will face the full might of the law when reported,” Acting Western Cape Police Commissioner, Major General Thembisile Patekile, said in response to the sentencing.