Zimbabwean national slapped with three life sentences for raping three 10-year-old girls

CRIME

By Agreement Màbunda

POLOKWANE: On Wednesday, 10 April 2024, the Modimolle Regional Court handed down a hefty, 03 life imprisonment sentence to a 35-year-old accused, who raped three minor girls during 2022.

The court heard that on 31 May 2022, the accused Tinos Chimedze(35), who is originally from Zimbabwe, raped the three victims aged between 10 and 11 years and thereafter sent them to a local victim empowerment facility to request for food, at Modimolle extension 13 Jasper informal settlement.

The founder of victim empowerment facility who was present, got suspicious when the accused left the victims. She interviewed them, they opened up to her and informed her about the rape incidents.

The Police were immediately notified, and visited the crime scene. The cases of rape were opened.

The suspect was positively linked with three cases of rape and arrested.

The cases were assigned to Sergeant Motlatjo Tukakgomo attached at Modimolle FCS(Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences) Unit.

The accused Tinos Chimedze (35) was convicted and sentenced to three life imprisonment for 03 counts of rape. Sentences will run concurrently.

The Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo SAPS Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the conviction and sentence , further praised the arresting team and investigating officer for securing the hefty sentence against the accused.

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