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Butterworth man handed 22-year jail sentence for raping two teens

Oct 12, 2017
Butterworth man handed 22-year jail sentence for raping two teens

Justice was finally served when the Butterworth Regional Magistrate's Court sentenced a 20-year-old man, Phikolomzi Memani, to 22 years behind bars after it convicted him of raping two girls, aged 16, in 2015.

"The accused met with the victims on 30 August 2015, at about 20:30, at Yako Informal Settlement, Butterworth," said police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha.

"The victims were from fetching water from a local tap.

"They were in the company of the boyfriend of one of them."

It is alleged that Memani chased the boyfriend away afterwhich he dragged both victims to his shack where he raped them.

"One of the victims used psychology as she requested to pass water. She went outside and ran for her dear life," added Captain Manatha.

"She reported the crime to her family, who phoned the police.

"The accused was traced and found. He was arrested and charged with rape."

Eastern Cape welcomed the sentence and hope that it will serve as a lesson to other would be rapists that justice will be served.

"Crimes against women and children remain the priority of the police in the Eastern Cape. Our investigators will always do everything in the power to make sure that those who abuse women and children receive stiff sentences," added Captain Manatha.