Kestell rapists get eight life sentences


THE men convicted of raping two elderly sisters at their home in the small town of Kestell in 2013 have been handed down a total of eight life sentences by the Bethlehem High Court.
Eastern Free State police spokesperson Mmako Mophiring says 23-year-old Joshua Nhlapo and Kahlolo Mokoena, 26, were found guilty by the Bethlehem High Court on 28 February. He says they were each given four life sentences for rape, as well as an additional 15 years each for housebreaking and theft.
The two sisters, aged 68 and 75, were attacked at their home in Kestell in April 2013. Mophiring says the convicts gained entry to the house through a window and raped both women before fleeing with stolen jewellery and a car.
The car was later recovered in Ladysmith in the possession of Nhlapho and two minors, who were eventually released after they could not be linked to the crime.
Mokoena was meanwhile arrested in July after he was positively linked to the case.
Acting Free State Provincial Commissioner Baile Motswenyane has meanwhile praised investigators, as well as complainants who reported this case, as well as another successfully prosecuted rape in Tseki. “”This is an indication that through unity we can fight crime and send many criminals to prison. Together we can do more on crime,” she says.