Loskop serial rapist behind bars

Leaving a trail of terror and trauma, the ‘blue overall’ Loskop serial rapist violated, robbed and killed to satiate his needs.

Dumisani Arfies Mbhele (45) began his heinous crimes in March 2014.

“The accused would approach his victims either in groups or on their own and rob them by gunpoint. If they were with men, he would separate them and then rape the women. At all times the accused wore a blue overall, which was the only way that the complainants could identify him,” explained Natasha Kara, Regional Spokesperson for the Director of Public Prosecution KwaZulu-Natal.

In August 2015, his reign of terror came to an end after he was linked to a murder and rape in Loskop.

Police were investigating a case of rape and murder when the deceased cellphone was traced to the accused. Once he was arrested, a sample of DNA was taken; this linked him to the string of offences committed in Loskop.

“During the trial, the accused denied all of the offences but was unable to explain the DNA evidence led by Regional Court Prosecutor Zwelethu Mata. Further, Mr. Mata led victim impact statements compiled by some of the complainants and facilitated by Court Preparation Officer Sibusiso Ntombela. Here the complainants expressed their trauma at the hands of the accused,” commented Ms Kara.

He was sentenced in the Estcourt Regional Court last Thursday to five life terms and an additional 140 years imprisonment after being convicted of robbery, murder and several rapes.

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“The accused was sentenced to five terms of life and 30 years imprisonment for the rape charges, 90 years imprisonment for robberies and 20 years imprisonment for murder. He will serve an effective term of life imprisonment. The court ruled that the accused’s name be enrolled in the sexual offenders register in terms section 50 of the Sexual offences Act 32 of 2007 and declared him unsuitable to work with children. He was also deemed unfit to possess a firearm,” explained Ms Kara

The Director of Public Prosecution in KwaZulu Natal, Adv. Moipone Noko welcomes the sentence. She said: “I am hopeful that this sentence will have the necessary effect on would-be perpetrators. Justice had indeed been served. Congratulations to the prosecutor on a job well done.”

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