Nine life sentences for serial rapist
The man dubbed the 'Wembezi serial rapist' is sentenced to nine life jail terms by the High Court in Ladysmith.
The man dubbed the "Wembezi serial rapist" was sentenced to nine life jail terms by the High Court in Ladysmith on Wednesday, KwaZulu-Natal police said.
Colonel Jay Naicker said 29-year-old Delani Ngqulunga received the life sentences on 10 counts of rape. He was sentenced to an additional 65 years on other counts of rape, assault, robbery and kidnapping.
He said Ngqulunga's "reign of terror" began in 2005 and continued until he was arrested in 2011. During that time he raped a seven-year-old girl and 73-year-old woman.
KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Lt-Gen Mmamonnye Ngobeni said Ngqulunga's sentence was a victory for all vulnerable women and children.
"The court could not have passed a more fitting sentence and this will certainly send out a strong message to other criminals," she said
"We welcome the sentence and are pleased that another monster who preyed on defenceless women and children has been removed from society."