Face of a rapist: Woman (79) suffering from dementia attacked and raped

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Face of a rapist: Woman (79) suffering from dementia attacked and raped. Photo: SAPS
Face of a rapist: Woman (79) suffering from dementia attacked and raped. Photo: SAPS

The Polokwane High Court this week sentenced a 34 year old man to 20 years imprisonment after he was convicted on a charge of rape of a 79 year old woman who was reportedly suffering from dementia.

On 13 July 2018, at about 02:00 in the morning, the accused Jackson Dingan Debeila from Mohlaletsi Sekateng Village in Apel outside Lebowakgomo, met the victim a few streets away from her home after she wondered off. The accused instead of rescuing the stranded woman, assaulted her severely, overpowered her and raped her.

The community members were alarmed by the victim’s screams and they rushed to the scene. The accused was caught in action. He then tried to flee the scene but was cornered by the community members who handed him over to the Police.

A case of rape was opened and Lieutenant Colonel Choene Makaleng of Lebowakgomo Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS), was assigned to work on the case. The well experienced and dedicated detective worked very hard to ensure justice is served for the old woman. During investigations, it was revealed that one of the community members played a pivotal role by providing valuable information about the scene of this crime.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, has commended the members investigating cases at the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS), for their endless efforts in the fight against gender-based violence.

General Ledwaba further praised the community for rescuing the victim and handing the suspect over to the Police unscathed.

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