Potchefstroom Regional Court on Thursday sentenced a man to life in prison for raping a 39-year-old woman for whom he claims he found a job.
Papi Seun Ntandeni, 36, pleaded guilty.
“Police reports revealed that on 8 December 2020 Ntandeni went to the applicant’s home and tricked her into leaving the home with him on the pretext that she had a job at a local Butcher found.” said National Law Enforcement spokesman Henry Mamothame.
The woman agreed to go with Ntandeni as she knew him.
“On the way he dragged her to the side a country road and repeatedly raped her before fleeing the scene.”
The woman opened a rape case with the police and Ntandeni was arrested the same month.
For aggravated sentence Prosecutor Hester Pretorius urged the court not to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence, given the seriousness of the crime.
“She asked the court to consider the interests of society amid a high prevalence of crimes of this type.< /p>
“Judge Louisa Mabille agreed with the state, noting the high number of rape cases that the criminal justice system has to deal with,” Mamothame said.
The director of North West Attorney Rachel Makhari-Sekhaolelo e Pretorius and Const Onalenna Letebele for their collaboration which led to a successful conviction.
“It is unacceptable for women to be hurt by people who should protect them. We welcome this conviction and hope it will serve as a deterrent to would-be offenders,” she said.
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