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Rapist who lured victim via Facebook remanded in custody

Jun 5, 2018
Rapist who lured victim via Facebook remanded in custody

Alleged Eastern Free State serial rapist, 39-year-old Mokena Petrus Nhlapo, appeared briefly in the Fouriesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.

"The case against him was postponed to when he will be expected to apply for bail and appoints legal representation," said police spokesperson, Brigadier Sam Makhele.

"He was not asked to plead."

Brig Makhele said that Nhlapo is facing charges of kidnapping, trafficking of persons for sexual purposes, assault, pointing of firearm, rape, extortion, crimen injuria, and the illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

"He was arrested on Friday (1 June) evening in Fouriesburg by members of Bethlehem Family violence, child protection, and sexual offences Unit (FCS)."

Brig Makhele said that the charges relate to a complaint laid by a woman in her 20s, who alleges that the suspect lured her via social media.

"She accepted a Facebook invitation from the suspect in February 2018. In April, she met the suspect in person whereupon she was taken to a house in Fouriesburg where the alleged crimes were committed," he said.

"We appeal to anyone, including those in neighbouring Lesotho as has been widely alleged on social media, who might have fallen victim under similar circumstances to call Bethlehem FCS  Detectives on 082 854 7546 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111."