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Child rapist sentenced

The Cape High Circuit Court in George sentenced a serial rapist to a total of 210 years behind bars on Tuesday 4 September 2018.

Judge ED Wille sentenced 20 year old Ivan Athenkosi Johannes from Thembalethu to a total of 210 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to all charges against him. The charges included was jailed on eight counts of rape, five counts of abduction and three counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Forensic evidence linked Johannes to a number of the crimes committed between January 2015 and August 2016. Some of the victims also identified the suspect during an identity parade. The suspect reached a plea agreement with the state and pleaded guilty to all charges.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority, the victims were mostly boys between the ages of 7 and 13. One of the victims was a girl. Johannes lured his victims away from a play park near The Multi Purpose Centre, asking them to help him find lost money or to help him with bicycles.

Once away from their friends he would threaten the victims with a knife and took them into the bushes where he raped them. Johannes also robbed his victims. It is further alleged that he forced some of his victims to perform sexual acts with each other.

Johannes was sentenced to serve five 25 year, four 15 year, five 5 year and 3 life sentences. The sentences will run concurrent.

The State Prosecutor was E Kortjé.


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