Investigating officer ensures that rapist is put behind bars for 25 years

NORTHERN CAPE - The Acting Deputy Provincial for Crime Detection, Brig Nicky Mills welcomed the 25 year jail term handed down on David Modise Morolong (46), by the Postmasburg Regional Court for raping a 56-year-old victim. The accused was on parole for a similar offence, when he committed the crime.

On 26 October 2019 at about 20:00, the accused forcefully gained entry into the victim's home and proceeded to the bed on which the victim and her 13-year-old son slept on in Boichoko in Postmasburg. He slapped the victim's son and instructed him to sleep on the floor. Subsequent to that he continued to rape the victim in the presence of her son. The accused raped the victim on three occasions during the same night and left after the incident.

The victim reported the matter to the police on 27 October 2019 and the accused was traced and arrested shortly afterwards.

The investigating officer, Sergeant Lionel Rooiland successfully opposed bail and the accused was remained in police custody until the trial was concluded and found guilty on 07 April 2022.

On Tuesday, 10 May 2022 the accused was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment on three counts of rape.

Sergeant Lionel Rooiland was lauded for the meticulous investigative work which resulted in the incarceration of the perpetrator.

The Postmasburg Regional Court declared the accused unfit to possess a firearm and also ordered that his name be entered in the National Sexual Offenders Register.

Source: South African Police Service