Rapist receives mul­ti­ple life sen­tences

The New Age (Gauteng) - - GAUTENG NEWS - VINCENT CRUYWAGEN vin­centc@the­newage.co.za

WESTERN Cape po­lice com­mis­sioner Lt-Gen Khom­binkosi Jula said a metic­u­lous in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­trib­uted to the hefty jail sen­tence handed down to a con­victed rapist.

Al­ber­tus Goeie­man, 23, from Clan­william was given six life sen­tences and an ad­di­tional 10 years im­pris­on­ment for rap­ing a 22-year-old woman in Au­gust 2015. The sen­tences will run con­cur­rently.

He was found guilty on seven counts of rape by mag­is­trate John Beelders in the Van­rhyns­dorp Mag­is­trate’s Court this week.

Com­mend­ing the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, de­tec­tive WO Fran­cois van Rhyn, for his ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment in trac­ing and ar­rest­ing the cul­prit, Jula said: “The life sen­tences handed down to Goeie­man are an in­di­ca­tion of the high pri­or­ity we place on our in­ves­ti­ga­tion into crimes per­pe­trated against women and chil­dren.

“I trust the lengthy sen­tence will act as a de­ter­rent to pre­vent women from fall­ing prey to other sex of­fend­ers in this prov­ince.”

On the day in ques­tion the vic­tim was on her way to a friend in Clan­william. Along the way she met Goeie­man and asked him if he had seen her friend.

Goeie­man told her that her friend was be­hind a church and asked her to fol­low him.

When she reached the bushy area, she tried to turn back but Goeie­man ran af­ter her, caught her and re­peat­edly raped her.

Goeie­man is con­cur­rently ap­pear­ing in the Van­rhyns­dorp Mag­is­trate’s Court on an­other charge of rape.

It is al­leged that he raped a fel­low prison in­mate on March 30, 2017, in Van­rhyns­dorp prison while await­ing trial.

He is set to ap­pear in court on Jan­uary 25 next year.

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