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Prison officer nabbed for raping teen and for possession of illegal firearm

Jul 4, 2018
Prison officer nabbed for raping teen and for possession of illegal firearm

Police in Makhado arrested a 41-year-old prison official for rape, possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

"Abraham Lehola, who is attached to Kutama Sinthumule Prison, as a Custodial Officer, was arrested following an incident, which occurred on 23 June at about 21:00," said police spokesperson, Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.

"It is alleged that a 19-year-old girl was at Madombidzha Village, when the suspect took out a firearm and fired two shots to this victim, forced her into his motor vehicle, drove away up to a certain lodge in the Makhado area where he raped her."

The matter was later reported to the police, who immediately started with the initial investigations, which led to the arrest of the suspect.

"During the arrest, an unlicensed firearm and six ammunition were recovered," said Col Ngoepe.

"The suspect briefly appeared before the Louis Trichardt Magistrate's Court.

"He was denied bail and his cases were postponed to Wednesday for bail application and further police investigations.

"The Police investigations are still continuing."