Northern Cape SAPS Management welcomes the sentencing of 27-year-old Pogisho Joseph Skalk to an effective 24 years’ in prison after he was found guilty of rape by the Taung Regional Court on Thursday 02 November 2023.
In 13 January 2021 the 62-year-old victim was sleeping at her residence, in Mountain View, Pampierstad, when the accused forcefully entered the house through a window, and assaulted and raped her.
DNA positively linked the accused to the rape.
He was arrested on 18 March 2022 and his bail application was successfully denied until he was convicted and sentenced.
In addition to the hefty sentence, he was declared unfit to possess a firearm.
The Provincial Commissioner of SAPS in the Northern Cape, Lt-General Koliswa Otola, welcomed the sentence and lauded the sterling investigative work of Detective Sergeant Daniel Nhlathi of Hartswater FCS Unit.
She urged the community to take a stand and to break the silence on GBV related cases.