The High Court Division of Polokwane on Friday convicted and sentenced Lehogonolo Masehla [26] to two life terms and a further 10 years imprisonment for kidnapping, rape and murder of a 6-year-old girl.

The Court heard that the accused Lehlogonolo kidnapped, raped and killed a 6-year-old girl who was reported missing by her family. It is reported that the victim was last seen playing outside her grandmother’s residence.

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She was found half naked and dead at the accused’s house at Phokoane, Mmakophala Village in Sekhukhune. She was discovered by the Police and members of the community on 30 August 2021.

Two Life terms for rape and murder of a 6-year-old girl
Lehogonolo Masehla

The accused was subsequently arrested and the case of kidnapping, rape and murder was opened. It was transferred to Nebo Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS). The docket was assigned to Detective Warrant Officer Moses Mmatema for investigation.

The case was initially trialled in Nebo Magistrate’s Court and later transferred to the High Court Division of Polokwane for further hearing.

TWO LIFE TERMS FOR RAPE AND MURDER

Detective Warrant Officer Moses Mmatema ensured that the accused Lehlogonolo was never granted bail until he was found guilty on the following counts of offences:

Murder – Life Imprisonment
Rape – Life Imprisonment
Kidnapping – 10 years in imprisonment

The sentence terms will run concurrently, and the accused was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.