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Port Elizabeth man jailed for life for raping mentally-challenged woman

Nov 29, 2018
Port Elizabeth man jailed for life for raping mentally-challenged woman

The relentless efforts of the Port Elizabeth Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) and the criminal justice system in prosecuting perpetrators once again secured a life sentence when a 26-year-old man was convicted in the New Law Courts Regional Court for rape.

"It is alleged that on Sunday, at about 18:30, a 19-year-old mentally-challenged woman was with her 10-year-old sister at Moodley Grounds, Kleinskool, in Port Elizabeth, fetching cattle," described police spokesperson, Capt Sandra Janse Van Rensburg.

"On their way back home, they were approached by the accused, Moenop Pullen, who grabbed the victim and threw stones at the younger child forcing her to run away.

"The accused took the victim to an abandoned building where he raped her."

Capt Janse Van Rensburg said that the younger sister alerted her parents and with the assistance from the South African Police Service, they found the victim as she was on her way home.

"The accused, who is known to the victim was arrested on charged for rape," she described.

"The accused appeared in court and was released on bail."

Moenop Pullen  jailed for life for raping mentally-challenged woman

On Wednesday, Pullen was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Mount Road SAPS Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile, has commended the FCS unit for their thorough investigations.

“We commend our FCS Unit and the our justice system for their sterling and collaborative effort in bringing this ruthless perpetrator to book. The SAPS has the responsibility to protect the vulnerable in society and these responsibilities are taken seriously through the thorough investigation, effective arrests and prosecutions," added Maj Gen Patekile.

"This conviction will serve as a deterrent to potential rapists and the SAPS through its FCS units ensures that sentences such as this will bring justice to the victims of these crimes."

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