Queenstown - A convicted serial rapist and murderer has been sentenced to four life imprisonment terms and further lengthy jail sentences on a number of charges in the Queenstown Regional Court, the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Eastern Cape said.
A courtroom packed to the brim by community members, family members of victims, and survivors sighed with relief when Judge Mbulelo Jolwana sentenced convicted serial rapist Headman Mdyosi, 37, to four life terms and 105 years in prison, Captain Khaya Tonjeni said.
Mdyosi was found guilty on Thursday on six counts of rape, four of murder, and one count of attempted murder. Four young women from Ngcuka village in Lady Frere, aged between 20 and 24, were attacked, raped, and killed between April and December 2012. A 61-year-old woman was lucky to escape his assault after he tried to rape and kill her.
The cases were investigated "without luck and were closed as undetected after three years of unsuccessful investigation in 2015", Tonjeni said.
"The suspect continued with his raping spree in 2015 when he sexually assaulted a 21-year-old woman on 15 May 2015. Although he raped and attacked her, the victim survived the ordeal."