Botshabelo – The Free State province Premier Sefora Ntombela thanked police officials for their swift action in arresting the suspect and investigating the rape case and thanked community members for supporting the family of a 4-year-old victim.
This is after Botshabelo Regional Court gave child rapist Thabo William Mokoale life sentence behind bars on Monday, 6th September.
“We welcome the sentence handed down by our competent court. This sentence has sent out a very clear message that sexual predators, particularly those who prey on children, will face the full might of the law.
As a result of this sickening act, the poor child, who used to be outgoing, is now withdrawn and is now volatile and temperamental. All of this because a grown man, who ought to protect this child, could not control his sexual urges, and sought sexual pleasure from a four year old child. His selfish and sick deeds have now caused the child long term damage,” said Ntombela.
It was reported on the 26th of September 2020; Mokoale called the 4 year-old victim, whom it was also discovered that was his neighbor, and sent her to the shops.
Upon return, the 40 year-old locked her in the house and mercilessly raped her. It was only the following day, after concerned family and community members had been desperately searching for her, that Mokoale let the child go.
“The traumatized child informed her parents about the trauma that sick Mokoale subjected her to. He was arrested the following day on 27 September 2020 and the trial was concluded when Magistrate Matshediso Khuduga sentenced Mokoale to life imprisonment,” said Spokesperson to the Premier Sello Pietersen.
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