Smithfield: A 31 year old; Peello Johannes Jantjie, was sentenced to a life sentence for rape and eight years for attempted rape by Smithfield Regional Court sitting at Zastron, on the 29 November 2017. These two cases ran concurrently in Court, until they were finalised.
In March 2015; the accused, Jantjie attempted to rape a thirteen year old female near the dumping site in Rietport, Smithfield. The guardian later opened a case after she was told of this ordeal by the victim.
In 2016, the accused raped a five year old at the dumping site in front of other young children. The children were going home at the time. He was seen by Police carrying the victim and Police became suspicious and informed the parents. The victim was taken to the doctor and rape was confirmed.
An intensive investigation commenced and a linkage to the other case was conducted successfully.