By Staff Reporter
POLOKWANE: The 21-year-old facebook serial rapist sentenced to two life sentences by the Limpopo Division of the High Court in Polokwane against the Facebook serial rapist, Wednesday June 01.
Mehlodi Robert Baloyi aged 21 was sentenced after he was convicted for raping four victims aged between 15 and 22 at different locations under Westenburg and Seshego policing areas between August 2019 and October 2020. In addition to the two life terms for two counts of rape, the accused was also sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for the other two counts of rape, 10 years for robbery and 02 years for theft.
The trial court found that the accused was using Facebook platform to advertise body tattoos. Interested customers would approach him through Facebook messenger texts and he would thereafter offer them free tattoos, claiming it will be his marketing strategy at the victim’s areas. Upon the victims agreeing to come to his tattoo shop, he would then take them to an abondoned RDP house at Westenburg Extension 71 and then raped them. Some of the victims were robbed of their cellphones.
All the cases were reported to the Police in Westenburg, and Seshego and then transferred to Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) for further handling. The sentences will run concurrently.