CentralSANC rapist gets life in prison
─── 11:17 Thu, 14 Jan 2021
The Kuruman Regional Court sentenced the 32-year-old Tshepiso Oliphant to life imprisonment plus 26 years after he raped and robbed two pregnant women.
This follows his appearance in the Local Regional Court on Wednesday.
Northern Cape police spokesperson, Mashay Gamieldien, says the first rape occurred in December 2012, where the accused raped an 18-year-old victim in an open field. He also robbed her of her cell phone and money. He left her and fled the scene. The victim was able to report the incident and received medical treatment.
The second incident occurred on 12 July 2013 when the 29-year-old victim met the accused at the hiking spot next to the Kuruman court. Both the victim and accused climbed into the same vehicle and when the lift stopped he also got out with the victim. He then grabbed her and dragged her into an abandoned house where he raped her twice and also stole her cell phone and cash.
Both victims were pregnant at the time of the rapes, says Gamieldien.
Oliphant was first arrested back in September 2013 and received bail. He absconded and was re-arrested in September 2020. He was linked to both cases with DNA. He was detained until the finalisation of the investigation and was sentenced as follows:
Count 1: Rape (10 years prison sentence)
Count 2: Rape (10 years prison sentence)
Count 3: Robbery (3 years)
Count 4: Rape (Life imprisonment )
Count 5: Robbery (3 years)
His name was also recorded on the National Sexual Offences Register and he was declared unfit to possess a firearm.
OFM News/Blaine Jones