MOHLALETSI – The Polokwane High Court last week sentenced a 34 year-old man convicted of rape of a 79 year-old woman reportedly suffering from dementia to 20 years imprisonment.
According to police on 13 July 2018 in the early hours of the morning at about 02:00, the accused Jackson Dingane Debeila, from Sekateng village in Mohlaletsi area outside Apel, met the victim a few streets away from her home after she wandered off.
Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, Limpopo provincial police spokesperson, said instead of rescuing the stranded woman, the accused assaulted her severely with fists, pinned her down and started raping her.
Mojapelo said community members were alerted by the victim’s screams for help and rushed to the scene where the accused was caught in action.
“He then tried to flee the scene but was cornered by the community members who handed him over to the police,” said Mojapelo.
Police said a case of rape, to which Lieutenant Colonel Choene Makaleng of Lebowakgomo Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit was assigned, was opened.
“The well experienced and dedicated detective worked very hard to ensure justice is served for the old woman. During investigations, it was revealed that that one of the community members played a pivotal role in providing valuable information about the scene of the rape,” explained Mojapelo.
Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, Limpopo provincial commissioner of the South African Police Service, commended members investigating cases at the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for their endless efforts in the fight against gender based violence.
Ledwaba further praised the community for rescuing the victim and thereafter handing the suspect over to police unscathed.