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World - Africa Updated: November 29, 2022

Serial Rapist Who Killed One Of His Victims Gets Four Life Terms

By Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
November 29, 2022
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A serial rapist from Mpumalanga who also murdered one of his victims was on Tuesday sentenced to four life terms and 15 years’ imprisonment. 

Philani Justice Nkosi, 35, was sentenced by the Mpumalanga high court after being found guilty of one count of murder, three counts of rape, and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Nkosi committed these crimes in KaBokweni's Bhuga Trust and Halfway Trust between 2014 and 2018.

“In one incident which stands out, the accused attacked a minor victim while she was on the way to the local shop.

"He dragged her to the nearby bush, raped and strangled her to death,” National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Monica Nyuswa said.

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He also raped another woman in March 2016, stabbed and robbed her of cash.

“The accused continued with his crime spree until December 2018 when he raped an adult woman who was on her way home from work.

"The matter was reported to the police and the accused was subsequently arrested and linked to other crimes through DNA,” Nyuswa said.

Nkosi pleaded not guilty in court. He claimed that the two rape victims were prostitutes and that the deceased was his girlfriend.

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