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2021/07/01      |  Written By:  Captain P MPINGE   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

A rapist who permanently altered the lives of his female victims has finally been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Between 2014 and 2018 at least five reported cases of rape occurred in the Msinsini and Hibberdene areas where the victims were pointed with a knife, dragged into dense bush, assaulted and threatened with death. They were also gagged with pieces of their clothing, tied up or their heads were recovered. He left his victims extremely traumatized to the point where a 24-year-old woman had to be hospitalized after threatening suicide.

A suspect was arrested in 2016 but sadly the case was withdrawn. However, DNA tests on another case linked this suspect to at least two other cases in Hibberdene. Arresting the suspect again posed a challenge as he had left the area. Informers were tasked and in 2018 he was found living in Isipingo, Durban. He has since been in police custody during his trial.  

Nkosinathi Scopion Malinga (29) was sentenced on 14 May 2021 in the Port Shepstone Magistrates' Court on charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances and rape. He will serve a total of 80 years imprisonment plus two life sentences.

Captain  Devika Pillay of the Port Shepstone Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) successfully finalized the cases.