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Man arrested for rape of elderly lady while out on bail for similar offence

Three months after he had been arrested for burglary residential, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and rape, a 25-year-old suspect was expected to appear before the Dientjie periodical court yesterday on similar charges.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Captain Magonseni Nkosi says the suspect allegedly broke into the house of an elderly lady at Dikweteng village, Dientjie, last Wednesday where he brutally assaulted and repeatedly raped her.

“The lady managed to call for assistance after two days, but the suspect escaped before community members could respond to the call. The incident was reported to police who immediately instituted an investigation that led to the arrest of the suspect in Ohrigstad over the weekend,” Nkosi said.

The preliminary investigation indicated that the suspect had previously raped and stabbed an 83-year-old lady in March 2024 at Didimala Village in Dientjie. The lady was admitted to hospital, but passed away in May. 

The latest victim is recovering in hospital after sustaining some injuries. 

The suspect was out on R1 000 bail at the time of his arrest.

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