Rape accused gets life sentence

Rape accused gets life sentence
Rape accused gets life sentence. Image source: Pixabay

LADYBRAND – The Bloemfontein High Court sentenced Pakiso Paulus Ramabethane (35), from Manyatseng near Ladybrand to life imprisonment after raping a 23-year-old woman from the same area in February 2022.

The case was investigated by Ladybrand Family, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, through their outstanding investigating skills the accused was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment.

The 23-year-old woman from Manyatseng has speech disability. On Monday, 28 February 2022, at about 03:00, she was alone and asleep at her home when two suspects broke into the shack she was sleeping in and raped her. The suspects then stole money, two cellphones and cigarettes sold by her mother. During the ordeal, she recognised one of the two suspects and after they left, she went to their neighbour’s house for assistance. The victim wrote in a book to explain what happened to her. The police were called and she was taken to the hospital after the case was opened.

The Ladybrand FCS arrested the known suspect and opposed his bail application.

The accused was on parole when he committed the offence he was arrested for. The case was sent to the Free State High Court for trial and accused was found guilty on Friday, 11 August 2023 in Bloemfontein. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for housebreaking and rape, and he was also sentenced to three years for theft. His application for leave to appeal the conviction and sentence was dismissed.

Content retrieved from: https://www.saps.gov.za/newsroom/msspeechdetail.php?nid=47802.