Serial child rapist convicted

04 April 2016 - 15:23 By Nomahlubi Jordaan

Peter Dashboy Khoza was on Monday convicted of raping more than 20 children in Tembisa and Olifantsfontein over a four year period.Judge Eben Jordaan found him guilty of 139 charges in the Johannesburg High Court.Khoza‚ 46‚ was convicted on 28 counts of rape‚ two of attempted rape‚ 45 of kidnapping‚ 17 of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm‚ nine of common assault‚ 18 of sexual assault‚ 16 of compelling a child to witness a sexual offence and four of theft.The offences were committed between 2007 and 2013 in the areas south of Pretoria. Khoza would lure girls as young as nine years old into the bushes where he would tie them up and rape some of the children.He faced 152 charges during the trial but Jordaan found him not guilty on 13 charges‚ which included kidnapping‚ common‚ assault and theft.Khoza pleaded not guilty to all charges and claimed he was framed.“It is found that the state has proved beyond all doubt that the accused is the person who committed the crimes he has been convicted of. The evidence against him is overwhelming‚” Jordaan said.Jordaan said the DNA evidence linking Khoza to the crimes‚ the evidence of the witnesses who identified him and the striking similarities in the modus operandi he followed were convincing.

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