Parow Regional court sentenced Mabuthi Maya to life imprisonment on Thursday, 9 September 2022.
In June 2018, a case of house robbery and rape was reported at Bellville SAPS. The victim managed to identify the accused from a photo album she was shown from a withdrawn house breaking case in 2016.
A month later, a 54-year-old female victim reported a similar case in Durbanville. In this case the suspect robbed the complainant of two firearms, cash, an external hard drive and her identity document. Further investigation resulted in finger prints recovered from the scene, matched those of Maya.
The investigating officer from Bellville SAPS visited the address of the suspect and searched his room. He found an identity document and later discovered that it belonged to the 54-year-old female victim who reported a house robbery and sexual assault case in Durbanville.
This confirmed the suspect’s link to the cases and a warrant of arrest was issued and circulated to all the Bellville Crime Prevention Unit and detective members. The members of the mentioned unit recognised the suspect as they resided in the same area in Khayelitsha.
The suspect then fled from Khayelitsha as he was sought by the police. He allegedly roamed around Bellville where he committed his crimes.
On 27 July 2018, while the suspect was still at large, members of the Crime Prevention Unit spotted him as they were patrolling in Bellville near the railway lines. He was arrested and detained on charges of house breaking, rape and sexual assault.
The state successfully opposed bail and the suspect was remanded in custody for the entire duration of the trial.
Mabuthi Maya was sentenced to life imprisonment for house robbery and rape, 15 years imprisonment for a house breaking in 2016, 15 years for a house breaking in 2017, 15 years for a housebreaking in 2018 and an additional 15 years for house robbery and sexual assault.