Khutso Ramatseba sentenced to life sentence plus 10 years for raping 18-year-old girl in Bolobedu

CRIME

By Agreement Mabunda

TZANEEN-The  40-year-old Khutso Ramatseba was convicted and handed an appropriate sentence of life imprisonment and a further ten years jail term at a Regional Court held in Tzaneen on Thursday 25 January 2024 for two counts of rape.

The court heard that on Saturday 08 March 2014 at about 23:00 the victim 18 years old female at the time of the commission of the crime was walking on the street at Maphauwe village from a liquor store with her two friends suddenly a car stopped next to them and the driver, Khutso grabbed the victim forced her into the car and drove away with her to his home at Mamakata village.

It is reported that upon arrival at Khutso’s house, Khutso threatened the victim with a knife if she could make noises. He then aped her in his house and took the victim out of the house walking her back along the way, he repeatedly raped her in the bushes and let her go threatening to kill her if she reported the rape.

The court further heard that the accused Khutso Ramatseba(40) attacked a  female victim aged 18 years old during the time of incident on Saturday 29 March 2014 at about 18:20 while she was walking from church near Molototsi River to home. The hearer that the victim was pelted with a beer bottle as a result she fell.

The accused grabbed the victim and dragged her into the bushes, then raped her and afterwards kicked her and fled the scene on foot.

The two separate incidents were reported to the Bolobedu Police Station, and the dockets were transferred to the Tzaneen Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offenses Unit for investigation.

Both cases were assigned to Detective Sergeant Glenda Mathebula, and she successfully traced and arrested the suspect following a massive manhunt conducted.

Through a lengthy process of investigations the accused was successfully linked to both crime scenes through DNA results subsequently, he was found guilty of rape on two counts and sentenced to a lifetime jail term for count one and another ten years imprisonment for count two. The court ordered that two sentences be served separately one after another term.

The court ordered that the particulars of the accused be included in the National Register of sexual offenders.Ioayî

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