In a landmark judgment, the Thabamoopo Regional Court in Limpopo, South Africa, has sentenced Moganedi Sello Koos, a 40-year-old man, to life imprisonment for the rape of his girlfriend’s 16-year-old daughter.
Koos was also found guilty of robbery with aggravating circumstances, leading to an additional 15-year sentence. The verdict was delivered on Tuesday, October 31, 2023.
According to Brigadier Hlulani Mashaba, the spokesperson for the Limpopo provincial police, the horrific incident occurred on April 16, 2017, at Magatle village.
At the time, the teenager was home alone while her mother attended a candlelight vigil at the cemetery.
Exploiting the absence of the girl’s mother, Koos forcefully entered the house, brandishing a knife and threatening the victim with harm if she did not comply.
Under duress, the young girl was subjected to a terrifying ordeal as Koos ordered her to undress before raping her.
Following the assault, he callously stole two cell phones from her and fled the scene. The victim promptly reported the crime to the police, who initiated investigations into the incident.
Sergeant Mogale Billy of the family violence, child protection, and sexual offenses unit in Mokopane took charge of the case.
In June 2020, Koos was implicated in the crime through DNA evidence, leading to his subsequent arrest.
The diligent efforts of the investigating officer ensured that the accused was denied bail until his conviction.
In addition to the severe prison sentences, Koos has been declared unfit to possess a firearm, and his details will be registered in the National Register for Sexual Offences.
The ruling sends a resounding message that crime will not go unpunished.