Bloemfontein: The accused Vuyani Adoons (23) from Zastron was on Friday, 01 December 2017, sentenced to 10 years for rape and 15 years for murder of Palesa Jeanett Mothole, after he was found guilty on the two charges by the High Court in Bloemfontein.

On the night of 1 September 2016, the deceased, her cousin and the cousin’s boyfriend were in a local tavern where they met with the accused, who later joined them when they decided to leave the tavern. The four then walked together home. The cousin and her boyfriend took a different route leaving the deceased in the company of the accused, as she had indicated earlier that she wanted to go and sleep at her boyfriend’s house.

On 2 September, the police at Zastron SAPS received a report about a body that was lying facing down in a stream of sewage near Ezibeleni informal settlement. Investigation revealed that the deceased was last seen in the company of the accused. The police went to look for him and traced him to a local tavern.

The case docket was then transferred to Provincial Family Child and Sexual Offences unit. An intensive investigation was conducted and during the post mortem it was noted that the deceased showed signs of genital penetration, strangulation and drowning. The cause of death of the post mortem report was determined as “consistent with drowning” and Adoons was positively linked to the crimes.

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