Free State serial rapist gets life for attacking and killing toddler

APRIL 21, 2015

Phakiso Daniel Mothupi (35) from Manyatseng near Ladybrand will spend the rest of his life behind bars after he was found convicted of rape, murder and theft by the Ladybrand High Court on last Thursday.

According to the police, on October 1, 2012 at about 10:00 in the morning when an 11-year-old girl was home alone in Manyatseng. Her mother was at work and her brother was visiting his friends. The accused entered her house and attacked her. He raped the victim in her bedroom and strangled her to death with a cellphone charger. He then stole some clothes and left. 

On the same day at about 14:00 the victim’s mother arrived home from work and found her daughter half-naked and lying on the floor. She realized that she was dead and she reported the matter to the local police.

Cases of murder, rape and theft were opened for investigation and local detectives appealed to the community to come forth with any positive information.

During the post mortem, DNA samples were taken from the deceased and the results came back and it was found that it matched that of Phakiso Mothupi who had previoulsy raped fellow inmate at Ladybrand Correctional Services but since the victim was staying in Lesotho and never attended court, the accused was never convicted of the rape incident at Ladybrand Regional Services.

During the break through the 7 October 2013, the accused was serving a six years direct imprisonment for house breaking and theft. He was brought before the Ladybrand Magistrates’ Court. 

On the 16 April 2015, the accused Daniel Mothupi was found guilty and sentenced by Ladybrand High Court as follows: Count One: Rape sentenced to life direct imprisonment, count two: theft: sentenced to three years direct imprisonment and count three: murder: sentenced to life direct imprisonment.

The accused was also declared unfit to possess a firearm and his name was also registered on the National Register for Sexual Offenders.

The case was investigated by Warrant Officer Mokete Nqai from the Ladybrand Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit.

Free State Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Simon Mpembe welcomed the sentencing with open arms and said: “We are doing everything in our power to equip our detectives with knowledge through workshops and courses to ensure that they are able to solve case.”