Daily Dispatch

Rapists sentenced to 44 years in jail

Leaches Bay victim died after stab wound turned septic

- By BONGANI FUZILE

TWO suspects who gang raped and badly assaulted a Leaches Bay woman, who subsequent­ly died from complicati­ons after the attack, have been convicted of the crime.

Abongile Gedezana and Ayanda Malusi attacked 55year-old Janet Meyer at her Leaches Bay caravan in January last year.

A month later they were arrested and this week, the East London High Court found them guilty of the charges laid against them. They were sentenced to a combined effective 44 years in jail.

They were each sentenced to five years for robbery; 10 years for robbery with aggravatin­g circumstan­ces; and 22 years for rape.

East London police spokesman Lieutenant-colonel Mtati Tana said the robbery sentences would run concurrent­ly with the rape sentences.

“They will serve an effective 22 years in jail each. The court couldn’t find them guilty of the murder charge as the woman died later, allegedly from complicati­ons from the actual incident,” said Tana.

In January last year four suspects attacked Meyer, who was staying in her caravan at a farm near Leaches Bay.

The suspects, armed with knives, broke into her caravan and attacked her. She was alone at the time.

“There were four suspects who entered the caravan and attacked her. Police managed to arrest three and the fourth one is still at large.

“Of the three arrested, a third one was acquitted as he couldn’t be linked by DNA to the scene of crime,” said Tana.

After the attack, Meyer dragged herself about 30 metres to a farmhouse. She tapped on the main house’s window and told the farm owners she had been attacked and raped.

Police were called and officers combed the area the same night.

“No arrests were made on that day and the victim was rushed to Frere Hospital. She was discharged a few days later and went home,” said Tana.

A week later, Meyer was rushed back to Frere Hospital where she later died after her organs failed when a stab wound suffered during the attack became infected.

East London station commander Brigadier Lungile Nqamqele praised the detectives who worked on the case. — bonganif@dispatch.co.za

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Picture: FILE

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