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MARYDALE A 23-YEAR-old rapist, who re­turned ex­actly two years later to rape his 64-year-old vic­tim for the sec­ond time, has been sen­tenced to an ef­fec­tive 10 years im­pris­on­ment.

Collen Bob, from Marydale in the North­ern Cape, was sen­tenced af­ter he was found guilty of rap­ing his vic­tim, first on Septem­ber 24 2015, and again two years later.

Po­lice spokesper­son, Cap­tain Ser­gio Kock, said yes­ter­day that dur­ing the first in­ci­dent, Bob ac­costed his vic­tim in the early hours of the morn­ing, dragged her into the veld and raped her. The vic­tim was on her way home form a lo­cal tav­ern.

“Bob re­turned to the vic­tim’s house ex­actly two years later, kicked open the door in the early hours of the morn­ing and raped her again while she was in bed.”

He was ar­rested hours later by the po­lice in Marydale. The ac­cused was linked with his DNA and sen­tenced for both rapes.” PIETERMARITZBURG baker has been found guilty of 21 counts of rape in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

Menzi Shandu, 22, was found guilty of rap­ing 20 chil­dren be­tween the ages of 8 and 16 be­tween the pe­riod of June – July 2016.

Act­ing Judge Anand Ma­haraj found Shandu guilty on 21 counts and ac­quit­ted him on four.

Shandu was found guilty of lur­ing chil­dren in the France area in Pietermaritzburg; Ndalani in Rich­mond area and Illovo by al­low­ing them to use his cell­phones in ex­change for sex­ual favours.

The court heard that he per­formed lewd acts on the chil­dren.

He was ar­rested af­ter the com­mu­nity be­came sus­pi­cious about why so many boys were vis­it­ing his home. One of the boys told their mother and a case was opened in Oc­to­ber 2016. He was ar­rested in 2017.

While Shandu claimed that many boys had con­sented to the sex Act­ing Judge Ma­haraj con­victed him un­der the Sex­ual Of­fences Act Sec­tion 57 which states no male/fe­male per­son un­der the age of 12 can con­sent to sex­ual in­ter­course. The court heard that there were about five vic­tims below the age of 12.

Sen­tenc­ing is ex­pected to­mor­row.

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