Port Elizabeth man sentenced to life for brutal 2015 rape


Port Elizabeth police on Friday welcomed the recent conviction and the harsh sentence imposed on a 42 year-old Kabega man.

On Wednesday, Renne Peterson was sentenced in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court to life imprisonment on a charge of rape.

According to Port Elizabeth police, on 25 May 2015, at about 08:00, the complainant (35 years) was walking on a footpath to her work in Bridgemead when she noticed the accused as she passed him.

'The accused then approached her and grabbed and dragged her into the bushes where he raped her several times.

"The complainant reported the rape at Kabega Park SAPS," police said.

"The accused was positively identified during a photo identity parade. He was arrested in October 2015 and remained in custody until the finalization of the case."

On 27 June 2016, the accused was found guilty on a charge of rape and was sentenced on 31 August 2016 to life imprisonment.

The commander of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual offence unit, Lieutenant Colonel Sanet Winter congratulated the investigating officer on the thorough and meticulous investigation of this case.

She added that, "It is a clear indication that the SAPS works hard to tackle crimes against women and children, as this remains one of our priorities. Thorough collection of crucial evidence is important for us to achieve convictions and heavy sentences for offenders."