20 years in prison for Butterworth rapist

The Butterworth regional court has convicted and sentenced a 26-year-old man, Tieho Lethena, to 20 years in prison for the rape of a 28-year-old woman in May last year.

Police spokesman Captain Jackson Manatha said the victim was walking home from a tavern at 5am on May 6 at Maquthubeni village, Dutywa.

Lethena, who was armed with a knife, overpowered and raped her.

Butterworth cluster commander Brigader Ngangema Xakavu welcomed the sentence as a deterrent to other would-be rapists. He warned tavern owners to stick to opening and closing times.

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