DNA samples link rapist to three cases, Dundee

South African Police Service

DNA samples link rapist to three cases, Dundee
DNA samples link rapist to three cases, Dundee

The Nquthu Regional Court has convicted and sentenced Sanele Khumalo (28) to a total of 55 years imprisonment for three counts of rape. He was sentenced on 28 January 2019, after the court heard how he raped three victims in 2011 and 2012. These cases were investigated by the Dundee Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit.

On 11 August 2012 at night, a 22 year old woman was sleeping at her house in Nquthu when she was approached by the accused. She was overpowered, strangled and assaulted with a sjambok. The victim was raped before the accused fled the scene. A case of rape was opened at Nquthu police station and the docket was taken over by Dundee FCS Unit. The accused was arrested on the same day of an incident. DNA samples were taken for further analysis.

While waiting for DNA results from Forensic Science Laboratory, a case against the accused was provisionally withdrawn at court pending results. In the meantime, Sanele had left the area to Gauteng.

The DNA results returned and linked the accused to two more rape cases in the Nquthu area. A manhunt was conducted looking for the accused in order to serve him with summons to appear in court. In 2016, the accused was traced and arrested at his home while attending a traditional ceremony.

The accused was taken to court where he was eventually convicted and sentenced for three counts of rape.

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