Friday, 20 February 2015

Mamelodi rapist expected to be sentenced

Pretoria - A serial rapist who preyed on women in Mamelodi for five years is expected to be sentenced in the High Court in Pretoria on Friday.
Mamelodi rapist expected to be sentenced

Mozambican Simone Antonio Sithole, 27, who lived in Mamelodi East, was convicted on Wednesday on 45 charges.

The charges include 21 of rape, one of sexual assault, robbery with aggravating circumstances, pointing a firearm, and illegal possession of a firearm.

Sithole admitted to breaking into shacks in Mamelodi and Nellmapius between 2009 and 2013 and raping women and young girls.

His youngest victim was 11 and three other victims 16 when he raped them.

All of his victims were threatened with a firearm or other weapons. Most were tied up before they were raped and robbed of cellphones, cash, clothes and jewellery.

One woman was breastfeeding her baby when he confronted her with an axe.

Most of them were asleep when he entered their homes in the early hours of the morning.

On Thursday, Judge Moses Mavundla said he first wanted to consider the sentences before passing them.

He remarked during legal argument that a life sentence would encompass all the crimes as all sentences would be served concurrently with a life term.

He expressed concern that a life-long sentence seemed to have "absolutely no deterrent value". - SAPA

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