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Rapist jailed for 18 years

A man from Wesselsbron was found guilty of raping a 14-year-old girl, and has been sentenced to 18 years’ impri­sonment.

Petrus Tsholo (29) was found guilty of rape in the Odendaalsrus Regional Court on 19 July. The sentence was passed on 1 August.

On 4 January, the 14-year-old girl was walking home to the Deelpan Farm in the Wesselsbron District when Tsholo approached her raped the victim.

The investigating officer who took the lead in solving this rape case is Sgt Matiro Nyofane.

“The Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) of the police in Welkom is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that sexual offenders face the might of the law for their cruel deeds,” says Capt. Stephen Thakeng, com­munications officer of the Welkom Cluster.

“I am very proud of a thorough investigation being conducted by Nyofane, which led to this heavy sentence,” says Capt. Bizzah Ntsiane, the commander of the Welkom FCS.

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