Accused sentenced to two life imprisonment

Potchefstroom: The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane welcomed a life term imprisonment handed down to a 31-year-old rape accused, Tsholohelo Joel Dichomi last week.

The accused's sentencing by Taung Regional Court for two counts of rape follows his apprehension in July 2012 for raping a 17-year-old minor at Vaaltyn village outside Taung. It came out during the trial that the victim was on her way to the tuck-shop to buy airtime with her friend when they met with the accused. The latter grabbed the victim while his friend managed to escape. Dichomi then took the victim to his parents' place and raped her twice.

The matter was reported to the police in Taung and the accused was traced and arrested. He has been in custody since his arrest.

The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane applauded the Taung Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) for securing the two life sentences. Lieutenant General Motswenyane said this proves that commitment and dedication from the members when collecting the evidence is what made the case to be successful.

Source: South African Police Service