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Life behind bars for North West serial rapist who attacked 15 girls over 4 years

A rapist has been sentenced.

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  • A North West serial rapist was sentenced to life imprisonment. 
  • Jacob Kgatlane was discovered responsible of rape, theft with aggravating circumstances, tried rape, and kidnapping.
  • He attacked 15 girls between 2009 and 2013, His youngest sufferer was a 14-year-old woman and the oldest was a 37-year-old lady.

A North West serial rapist who attacked 15 girls, the youngest simply 14, was sentenced to life imprisonment.

The Brits Regional Court docket handed down the sentence earlier this week.

Jacob Boas Kgatlane was discovered responsible of 21 counts, together with 10 counts of rape, 9 counts of theft with aggravating circumstances, one depend of tried rape, and one depend of kidnapping.

The 41-year-old serial rapist was believed to have begun his raping spree in July 2009 and continued till January 2013.

Kgatlane raped a complete of 15 girls, six of them had been beneath 18 years previous. His youngest victims was 14 years previous, the oldest, 37.

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In line with North West spokesperson Colonel Adéle Myburgh, Kgatlane would pounce on unsuspecting girls in remoted areas, the place he would rape and rob them.

He was predominantly energetic in Letlhabile and Lethabong close to Brits in North West in addition to Thabazimbi in Limpopo, she stated.

“Within the first case reported on 30 July 2009 in Zone 6, Letlhabile, the courtroom heard that Kgatlane grabbed a 16-year-old pupil who was strolling to highschool.

“He threatened her with loss of life and dragged her into the close by bushes, the place he undressed and raped her. After the ordeal, he robbed her of her stationery,” stated Myburgh.

She stated within the final case reported on 13 January 2013, a 32-year-old lady was jogging in Block B, Letlhabile, at round 06:50 when Kgatlane approached her and volunteered to affix her.

“He jogged along with her, however once they approached a bushy space, he all of a sudden grabbed the lady by her neck, threatened to stab her with a knife, and raped her.

“The sufferer was then robbed of her cellphone,” stated Myburgh.

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Gauteng Nationwide Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana stated Kgatlane raped most of his victims at evening.  

“He would goal girls strolling at evening, threaten them with a knife or inform them he has a gun. He would then drag them to close by bushes, stadium bogs, and deserted buildings, the place he raped them,” stated Mahanjana. 

She stated Kgatlane was arrested in Mpumalanga on August 2013 after an informer advised the police about his whereabouts. 

Mahanjana stated a telephone he stole from certainly one of his victims was discovered within the possession of his relative. 

He was arrested and had been in custody ever since.

“[The State prosecutor] advised the courtroom that ladies have a proper to stroll freely on the streets, go and are available again from work with out worry. [He] requested the courtroom to impose the prescribed minimal sentence,” stated Mahanjane.

Kgatlane was sentenced to 6 life phrases, the place two sentences are anticipated to run concurrently, stated Myburgh.

She stated he acquired a further 150 years imprisonment on 15 prices that included theft, kidnapping, tried rape, and rape. 

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