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Free State court sentences serial rapist to life imprisonment

BLOEMFONTEIN, JUNE 1– A 37 year old serial rapist has been sentenced to life imprisonment and an additional 75 years after being found guilty of six counts of rape and six counts of house breaking with the intention to rape and rob, Free State police said on Thursday.

According to police spokesperson, Sergeant Martin Xuma, the Botshabelo High Court sentenced Buti Meshack Molebatsi to life and 75 years direct imprisonment for the series of attacks on elderly which dated as far back as 2012.

According to the police’s Selosesha FCS unit (family violence, child protection, and sexual offences), a serial rapist had targeted elderly women who live alone, and according to his modus operandi he would break in, rape them and rob them of their possessions and money.

Police said that on 5 February 2015, at about 00:30, a 62-year-old woman who lived alone in a house in Botshabelo was raped and robbed of her cellphone.

Three months later, detective sergeant Lebohang Mohai, who was part of the Selosesha FCS Unit investigation, traced the victim’s phone to Boshoff and arrested the suspect.

Lieutenant Colonel Naledi Diphoko, Selosesha FCS Commander, advised the investigating officer to take DNA samples from the accused and to send them to police forensics for an analysis to determine if the accused could be linked to other rape cases of a similar nature.

“The DNA samples confirmed that Buti Meshack Molebatsi from Botshabelo was linked to six rape cases.

“Buti Meshack Molebatsi was convicted of six counts of rape and six counts of house-breaking with intent to rape and rob. On the 26 May 2017, the accused was sentenced to life direct imprisonment and further 75 years’ direct imprisonment for rape and house-breaking with intent to rape and rob.”

Deputy Provincial Commissioner of Detectives, Major-General Jones Qhobosheane applauded the Selosesha FCS Unit for working together in solving the rape cases and ensuring the conviction and sentencing.


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