A 51-year-old abuser was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for rape by the Bloemfontein High Court on 16 February 2018.
Selosesha Police were summoned to a crime scene in Morago Trust near Selosesha, Thaba Nchu, on 12 February 2017 at about 00:15. Police found a 45-year-old victim, Esther Kenalemang Seleke, who informed them that her boyfriend took a hosepipe and inserted it into her private parts and opened a tap.
Water went into her body and the police summoned an ambulance to the crime scene. The victim was taken to a local hospital and died on 14 February 2017. A case of rape and murder was opened for investigation and assigned to Detective Warrant Officer Lawrence Lesala. He managed to apprehend Sello Augustinas Ntheri for rape and murder on the same day as the incident.
During a court trial at the Bloemfontein High Court the accused was denied bail and remained in custody until he was sentenced to fifteen years’ direct imprisonment for rape. The murder case was withdrawn as it could not be proven.
Free State Police Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Tholie Afonso, applauded the investigating officer for ensuring that the accused was convicted and sentenced as such.
Issued by Selosesha Communication, Marketing and Liaison