South Africa: Serial Rapist Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

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Denysville — The High Court in Zamdela sentenced Lesia Jacob Mokoena (36) to 60 years imprisonment for rape, 1 year for common assault and 3 years for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH).

This comes after an ordeal which happened on 10 April Saturday 2004 at about 03:00, when the 18-year-old victim was walking home from a local tavern with her three friends when they were approached by two unknown males who started to assault a male friend and the other two friends managed to run away. After assaulting the male friend, the suspects grabbed and dragged the victim by force to a dumping site near the Oranjeville road where they took turns raping the victim. In the same year on 24 July at about 21:00, the 19-year-old victim was walking with her boyfriend when they met two unknown males who assaulted the victim's boyfriend then raped her.

There were no leads in these two cases. In 2009 Lesia and his accomplice raped a woman and was positively linked through DNA tests and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment which he is currently serving.

It is through this case that the suspect was positively linked to the two other cases committed in 2004. Sergeant Detective Sophie Kgayane of Zamdela FCS Unit left no stone unturned to make sure that the suspect is permanently removed from society. Lesia's accomplice could not be positively linked to these cases.

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