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    NPA refuses bail for man, 26, who RAPED girl, 8, in Masakeng

    The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is bent on seeing an accused child rapist remain behind bars until the start of his trial.

    After numerous postponements, Aobakwe Johnny, 26, appeared in the Jan Kempsdorp District Court in the Northern Cape for a formal bail application on Wednesday. He faces a charge of rape.

    ‘Granting bail would be a travesty’ – NPA

    It follows his last appearance on 9 May. Here, he told the court that he would apply for bail at his next hearing. He was also sure to inform the court of his intention to bring two witnesses.

    READ MORE: SERIAL Mpumalanga rapist, 43, sentenced to four LIFE terms!

    The court heard that Johnny allegedly raped an eight-year-old girl in Masakeng near Jan Kempsdorp on 1 March. After intensive investigations, police arrested the suspect on 10 March, appearing in court a day later.

    NPA spokesperson Mojalefa Senokotsoane said the accused, who fired his previous lawyer, faces a serious charge and granting bail would be a travesty of justice.

    “Considering the severity of the charge, the prosecution intends to oppose bail. It would be in the best interest of justice to remand the accused in custody until the trial concludes. The police are continuing with investigations on this matter.

    “The state will remand the accused in custody until 6 July for the transcribed bail records. A new attorney will continue with the application. Until then, the prosecution is opposing bail.”

    NPA spokesperson Mojalefa Senokotsoane

    Man gets 17 years behind bars for raping elderly woman

    Meanwhile, the Prieska Regional Court in the Northern Cape sent out a strong message by handing an accused rapist and house burglar mandatory sentences for his crimes on Tuesday.

    This comes after the court ordered Fabian Phooko, 39, to spend 17 years behind bars – 12 years for rape and five years for housebreaking and theft. However, the sentences will not run concurrently.

    In South Africa, the minimum discretionary sentence for rape ranges from 15 years for a first offence. The court imposes 20 years for a second offence and 25 years for a third or subsequent offence.

    ALSO READ: NPA delighted with 17-year sentence handed to GRANNY RAPIST

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