No­ord­hoek rapist still dan­ger­ous and will re­main be­hind bars

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - FA­TIMA SCHROEDER

A SE­RIAL rapist who was de­clared a dan­ger­ous crim­i­nal in 1998 for ter­ror­is­ing women he met on No­ord­hoek beach in 1990s this week failed in his re­lease bid.

In­stead, Cape Judge Pres­i­dent John Hlophe sent Jonathan Francke back to jail, with a stern warn­ing to be­have him­self be­hind bars and to un­dergo fur­ther treat­ment.

The mat­ter will be re­assessed when he ap­pears be­fore the Western Cape High Court again in 2018.

Of­fend­ers usu­ally be­come el­i­gi­ble for re­lease on pa­role af­ter serving half their sen­tences.

How­ever, since Francke was de­clared a dan­ger­ous crim­i­nal, only a judge can de­cide if he is fit for re­lease or re­mains a dan­ger to so­ci­ety.

This week Judge Hlophe dashed all his hopes of be­ing freed by con- firm­ing he was still a dan­ger­ous crim­i­nal.

He or­dered Francke to un­dergo fur­ther treat­ment in prison and re­quested ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing vic­tim im­pact re­ports.

In 1998 Francke was sen­tenced to an ef­fec­tive 18 years be­hind bars for the rape and at­tempted rape of women in No­ord­hoek in 1995 and 1996.

He was also con­victed of ad­di­tional charges of kid­nap­ping and ag­gra­vated as­sault.

Dur­ing later sen­tenc­ing pro­ceed­ings, the court heard ev­i­dence Francke’s crim­i­nal his­tory dated back to 1975 when he re­ceived six lashes for house­break­ing at the age of 11. While most of his pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions were for as­sault, there were also two 1986 rape con­vic­tions.

Judge Hlophe was pro­vided with a re­port by prison psy­chol­o­gist Willem Hanekom, in which it emerged Francke has been us­ing dagga and Man­drax since the age of 9. As a re­sult of his drug use, he was “hy­per­sex­ual”, he told Hanekom.

Hanekom said it was clear Francke was a se­rial rapist with a “sig­na­ture”.

Hanekom was un­able to rec­om­mend Francke be re­leased, say­ing fur­ther in­car­cer­a­tion and psy­chother­apy was nec­es­sary.

fa­tima.schroeder@inl.co.za

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