Rapist gets 20 years


An Alex man found guilty of raping his ex-girlfriend on 9 July last year was sentenced by Alex Magistrates’ Court on 6 March to 20 years and six months imprisonment.

Magistrate Gideon Schneitler sentenced Reckson Nemahongoni (41) of 11th Avenue who has a child with the victim, to 10 years for rape, 10 years for another offence and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and, six months for stealing the victim and child’s clothes.

Nemahongoni went to the victim’s home at 6pm and found her sister and their baby there. When the victim arrived home, she found him packing their clothes and he ordered her to accompany him to his place. She refused and he assaulted her and hit her on the head with a beer bottle resulting in her bleeding.

He then forced her onto a bed, took off her panties and sexually molested her, saying he was checking if she was sleeping with other men. Afterwards, he raped her with a condom and when he was done, he ordered her and the baby to go with him. As they waited for a taxi, he returned to her place nearby to fetch more of their clothes.

She took the chance and escaped, leaving the baby alone and went to report the incident at Alex Police Station.

The baby and clothes were taken by the victim’s sister after police arrived and arrested him.

He appeared in court several times and was remanded in custody before his sentencing.

State prosecutor Jacqui Letsoalo found Nemahongoni’s mitigation for a suspended sentence weak when his legal representative said lovers often fought but reconciled as part of building a future together.

The victim and child received trauma counselling after the ordeal.

Leseho Manala

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