Cluster FCS welcomes the life sentence for rape

King Williams Town: The King Williamstown Cluster FCS has welcomed the conviction and sentencing of Luyanda Siqola (29) by Stutterheim Regional Court on Friday (27 July 2018)

The conviction comes after the suspect sexually assaulted a 65-year-old female and robbed a 75-year-old male at KwaZidenge Location outside Stutterheim on 25 June 2015 at about 20h00. It is alleged that two suspects entered the house and robbed the 75 year old male of his firearm and stabbed him. He ran away to the village to ask for assistance, while he went out one suspect sexually assaulted the 65 year old female. After the incident they fled the scene with the firearm and ammunition.

The Investigating Officer followed up on information they received relating to the suspects who were involved in the rape and robbery. They proceeded to a village to interview the suspects. Here it was discovered that one of the suspects stabbed the other to death. The remaining suspect was interviewed and taken in for questioning however he denied the allegation and was later released. DNA testing was conducted and results came in on April 2016. The results linked the suspect to the crime, he then was charged for Rape and Robbery. Thorough investigation led the Investigating Officer to Kieskammahoek where he recovered the stolen firearm (pistol) with ammunition.

Siqola first appeared at Stutterheim Magistrate Court on 17 May 2016 and on the same day the case was transferred to Regional Court where he appeared several times. On 26 July 2018, Siqola was found guilty and was convicted. He was sentenced at Regional Court to undergo a life imprisonment for Rape and fifteen years (15) for Robbery on 27 July 2018.

The Unit Commander of King Williams Town Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Lieutenant Colonel Zitulele Mahlambeni is happy with the conviction and the sentence. I hope this will serve as a deterrent to perpetrators of crime, said Lt Col Mahlambeni. He furthermore commended a sterling work done by the Investigating Officer Sergeant Mkhuseli Falo that led to the conviction and sentencing of the accused.

Source: South African Police Service

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