Kimberley - A man convicted of house breaking, theft and two counts of rape has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, Northern Cape police said on Tuesday.

The Kimberley Regional Court handed the sentence to William Ruiters, 33, on Monday, Lieutenant Sergio Kock said.

On February 2 last year, just after midnight, Ruiters broke into the home of a 55-year-old woman in Beaconsfield, Kimberley.

“He threatened her and raped her twice before fleeing the scene with a two-plate stove,” Kock said.

The Kimberley family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit arrived within minutes. Ruiters returned to the scene and his victim saw him.

“Detective Constable Lebogang Lekoma chased after the accused on foot and caught him a few blocks away from the crime scene.”

After Ruiters' arrest it was discovered that he was out on parole for a previous house breaking and theft conviction.

Acting Kimberley cluster commander Major-Gen Kolie Mathys congratulated Lekoma on making the arrest and for his detective work, Kock said.

Sapa