Serial rapist jailed for 100 years

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Nelspruit - A serial rapist who targeted women by showing them a so-called shortcut on a route they were using, was sentenced to a combined 100 years in prison by the Nelspruit Regional Court on Monday.

Hendry Skhai, 30, from Shabalala near Hazyview, was handed four life sentences plus six years for common robbery, a Sapa correspondent reported.

Skhai targeted women between the ages of 21 and 27. He was arrested in Hazyview on March 20, 2011.

He had been in jail for three years for raping four women, aged 22, 23, 21, and 27. The women were raped and robbed on consecutive days at the same spot.

Skhai would lie in wait and convince his victims there was a shortcut to the place they were going.

During the trial he told the court all the victims were his girlfriends.

Magistrate Willie Wilkens said Skhai's sentence was intended as a warning to would-be rapists.

Wilkens told Skhai he should blame himself that his son would grow up without a father.

“You are the one who made your child grow up without his father,” Wilkens said.

“You do not show any remorse and you must be removed from the community because rape is a serious offence. The women were having freedom but now they are afraid and no longer free because of you.” - Sapa


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