Serial rapist sentenced to three life sentences

Serial rapist sentenced to three life sentences
Serial rapist sentenced to three life sentences. Image source: Pixabay

The Rustenburg Regional Court has on Thursday, 30 November 2023 sentenced 43-year-old Michael Segale to three life sentences for three rape cases and five years imprisonment for escape from lawful custody.

The sentencing emanated from incidents wherein he allegedly went on a spree of raping three minors aged 11 and 13 years respectively, and a 19-year-old woman in Boitekong and Lethabong outside Rustenburg between 2012 and 2017. In the first incident that happened in Soviet Section, Lethabong in 2012, the 19-year-old victim was walking with her younger sister from the shop when they came across an unknown male person who asked them to accompany him to go fetch his mother’s medicine. Along the way in the bushes, the suspect grabbed the victim and raped her and thereafter fled the scene.

Furthermore, in July 2017, the accused allegedly went on and raped two victims in two separate incidents. The first victim whom was 11 years of age by then, was sent to the shop together with her younger brother at Boitekong Extension 8 when they came across the suspect. Allegedly the suspect asked them to accompany him to fetch his belongings somewhere and he did not know the direction properly, along the way as they were approaching the bushy area, the suspect grabbed the victim undressed her and told the younger brother to sleep and raped the victim. In another unrelated incident, in Boitekong Extension 4, the two girls who were both aged 13 years then, were playing in the streets when they were called by an unknown male person. The suspect allegedly asked them for a direction and insisted they walk with him to fetch his sewing machine and some clothes and needed their help. Furthermore, as they approached the bushes, he threatened them and tied one with a cloth and raped the first one, thereafter proceeded to rape the second minor and fled the scene.

Police investigations identified Segale as the possible suspect and was by then already convicted on other cases, he was linked to the crimes through modus operandi and later through DNA. Furthermore, in 2018, while the accused was in court, escaped through the bathroom window after he asked to use the toilet and was later apprehended in Seraleng village outside Rustenburg.

The accused was sentenced as follows:

Count 1: escape from lawful custody – 5 years imprisonment.

Count 4 & 5: rape of two 13-years-old minors – 2 x life imprisonments;

Count 7: rape of an 11-year-old minor – life imprisonment and;

Count 8: rape of a 19-year-old woman – 15 years imprisonment;

The accused was also declared unfit to possess a firearm in terms of section 103 of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No. 60 of 2000).

The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena lauded the investigating Officer, Sergeant Obakeng Rasego of Rustenburg family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit and all those involved for securing yet another good prosecution during the 16 Days of Activism on no violence against women and children. He reiterated that the police will work tirelessly to ensure that perpetrators of Gender-Based Violence are brought to book.

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