Man Sentenced to Life Plus 10 Years for Brutally Raping, Stabbing, & Setting Alight Young Girl

A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to life plus 10 years in jail for raping and setting alight an 18-year-old teenager in 2019.

The North West High Court sentenced Karabo Bahurutshe in Mahikeng on Friday.

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Police spokesperson Captain Sam Tselanyane said Bahurutshe was convicted after an intensive and thorough investigation.

Bahurutshe stabbed Gomolemo Legae multiple times, doused her with petrol, after which she was set alight on 1 December 2019, at Ramosadi village, outside Mahikeng.

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Legae sustained third-degree burns and later succumbed to her injuries.

A member of the community heard Legae’s screams and went to assist. She managed to identify Bahurutshe as the assailant.

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Bahurutshe was handed over to the police by his brother the next day.

“He was then detained and charged for rape and murder. Bahurutshe had been in detention until his sentencing after the police successfully opposed his bail.

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“He was eventually sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and 10 years for rape,” Tselanyane said. 

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