The Limpopo High Court in Polokwane sentenced Tshepo Boshielo (34), to two life imprisonment for rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl, from Maserumula Park in Nebo.
Police reports reveal that on 25 December 2015, the victim was walking alone in the street. When Boshielo raped and murdered her. Her lifeless body was discovered by a passerby in someone’s yard next to her homestead.
The accused committed these offences in 2015 and was only arrested in 2019. He was linked by DNA to another two rape cases. Boshielo also committed a business robbery in Mamelodi and Nebo respectively. During court proceedings, Boshielo pleaded not guilty on both charges, and was, however, convicted.
TWO LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR RAPIST
During sentencing, Adv. George Makhudu pleaded with the court not to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence. As the crimes committed were serious.
Judge Geriet Muller, agreed with the state and also alluded to the need to fight the scourge of Gender-Based Violence and Femicide in the country by sentencing the accused to life imprisonment for each count.
The Director of Public Prosecutions Adv. Ivy Thenga commended the collaboration between Sergeant Frans Chego and the state Prosecutor Makhudu in bringing the perpetrator to book.