Perpetrators of serial crimes against defenseless victims whom they manipulated and brainwashed continue to get hefty sentencing in different areas in Eastern Cape. Simpiwe Mehlo (26) was found guilty and was sentenced to undergo double life sentence on Tuesday 8 June 2021. The sentence will not run concurrently.
The sentence follows an incident that happened in January 2016 while the 16-year-old survivor was attending traditional ceremony at Gqebenya Administrative Area. She was allegedly grabbed by the suspect and dragged to his house where he raped her until the following day.
The rapes continued for several times until the victim reported the matter to her sister and a case of rape was opened. The docket was assigned to Detective Sgt Yongama Mkabile who took many hours investigating and collected evidence until the case was finalized.
Acting District Commissioner Brigadier Pumla Mavuka encouraged rape victims to immediately report rape attacks to the police or immediate family so evidence can be collected and perpetrators be brought to book. He also congratulated the member.