Pretoria serial rapist gets 1,088 years

27 May 2021 - 11:37 By graeme hosken
Convicted serial rapist Sello Abram Mapunya (in white shirt) in the Pretoria high court along with his lawyer Walter Rankapole. Mapunya has been given four life sentences behind bars.
Convicted serial rapist Sello Abram Mapunya (in white shirt) in the Pretoria high court along with his lawyer Walter Rankapole. Mapunya has been given four life sentences behind bars.
Image: Graeme Hosken

Convicted serial rapist Sello Abram Mapunya, who raped and robbed 56 women across Pretoria suburbs for five years, has been given 1,088 years behind bars.

Judge Papi Mosopa handed down the hefty sentence in the Pretoria high court on Thursday. He had earlier found Mapunya guilty of 41 rapes, 40 counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances and 40 counts of housebreaking.

Mapunya, who was initially charged with 101 different crimes, began his crime spree in 2014 attacking his victims who included a 14-year-old girl, in Tshwane’s suburbs of Silverton, Nellmapius, Atteridgeville, Mamelodi and Olievenhoutbosch.

The brutal crime spree ended with his arrest by detectives from the serial electronic crimes investigation unit in March 2019.

Mosopa said none of the sentences would run concurrently.

He sentenced Mapunya to life terms for raping his teenage victim and three other women who he raped multiple times.

Mosopa also sentenced Mapunya to 15 years each for the other 31 rapes he committed, 15 years' imprisonment for every count of housebreaking with the intent to rob and robbery and 15 years for every count of housebreaking with the intent to steal.

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