RUSTENBURG - A 22-year-old man was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for kidnapping a child and assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, North West police said on Friday.
Captain Sam Tselanyane said Letlamoreng Kaudi was sentenced at the Itsoseng Regional Court near Lichtenburg on Thursday.
He was arrested in connection with the kidnapping of a ten-year-old boy in August 2017. The boy failed to come back from school on August 25, 2017. He was reported missing to the police on August 27, 2017.
"It came out during investigations that the accused contacted the boy’s family and demanded a ransom. After an intensive probe, the accused was nabbed for kidnapping and assault. The accused's apprehension was then followed by a search for the boy," said Captain Tselenyane.
"Following the suspect’s interview, police were led to an abandoned drainage system manhole just outside Verdwaal village near Itsoseng where the boy was found. The boy was then taken for a medical check-up that confirmed that he was healthy and thereafter handed back to his family."