Five men sentenced for rape, attempted rape

The five men found guilty of the rape and attempted rape of an 18-year-old female in Strydenburg have been sentenced to 10 and 15 years respectively by the Hopetown Regional Court.

The incident took place at a house in Strydenburg, Northern Cape, on 27 November 2010, where the five accused were drinking with the female victim.

Four of the males took turns raping and assaulting the victim. The victim managed to fight off the fifth accused who had assaulted and attempted to rape her.

The victim escaped and alerted neighbours who called the police. The men were arrested the following day and received bail 11 months later.

Joseph Kasper (32), Pieter Visser (21), Elcardo Demas (22) and Kobus Daniels (32) all received 15 years for rape, while Elton Van Rooyen (30) was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for attempted rape.

Police management have lauded Detective Sergeant Recardo Kock and all other assisting members from the Hopetown Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit for their relentless efforts in the lengthy investigation that ensured no impunity is granted to the perpetrators of this crime. –

Source: South African Government News Agency