Bothavile Magistrate’s Court in the Free State on Monday sentenced Mvula Mashiya 34, to life imprisonment for raping a 74-year-old woman and five years for breaking into her home with the intent to rape and rob her with aggravating circumstances.
The court heard how the man raped the victim in her own home on December 23, 2021.
“It was around 11 p. when I heard strange noises in the next room. Upon investigating, I found Mashiya, who had dragged me back into the room where he repeatedly raped and attacked me,” the victim testified during the trial.
According to the court, Mashiya was arrested shortly after the complainant called the police.
In court, Mashiya denied raping the elderly woman and said he was at home when the incident occurred. However, he contradicted himself when he claimed he arrived home at 8pm, when in his arrest statement he said he got home at 10pm.
According to Mokowe, the statement was a lie, and he requested that the court reject it.
In her victim impact statement, the victim said the incident had affected her trust in men.
The elderly woman says the accused grew up in front of her, so the child she raised violated her in the most inhumane way.
“In a serious case like this, the accused’s personal circumstances should be put aside, and the court should sentence him to life in prison,” Makowe added.
Magistrate Basi Mahlatsi concurred with state prosecutor Thabang Mokowe that the only punishment deserving of the rapists was life in prison for housebreaking with intent to rape and raping.
Masiya was sentenced to five years in prison for robbery, and the court ordered that the sentences run concurrently. This suggests that he will effectively serve life sentence.