Eastern Cape serial rapist gets two life terms and 86 years in jail

Athenkosi Matyaleni was sentenced by the Grahamstown high court on Thursday.
Athenkosi Matyaleni was sentenced by the Grahamstown high court on Thursday.
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Serial rapist Athenkosi Matyaleni, 23, was on Thursday sentenced to a hefty two life terms and an additional 86 years imprisonment for raping and robbing four women and a child in Molteno.

It emerged this week that Matyaleni, whom the indictment said was 26-year-old, was in fact just 23, meaning his first rape was committed shortly after he turned 19.

Grahamstown high court judge Thami Beshe did not find his relative youth to be a substantial and compelling factor which would have warranted a lesser sentence than that prescribed by law.

“He has shown no insight into the gravity or the consequences of his actions. I have no option but to conclude he poses a serious danger to society especially to women and girl children,” she said.

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