Jailed for life for raping elderly Groenkloof woman

William Mulaudzi and Xolani Ngudle during the sentence hearing in the Pretoria Regional Court. Photo: Supplied

A Pretoria man has been jailed for life for raping a 92-year-old Groenkloof woman.

William Mulaudzi (36) was sentenced in the Pretoria Regional Court on Thursday.

Four years ago, Mulaudzi and Xolani Ngudle (37), broke into the woman’s house as she was sleeping.

Ngudle ransacked the house looking for valuables to steal, while Mulaudzi repeatedly raped the woman despite her pleas for him to stop.

Sunnyside police spokesperson Captain Daniel Mavimbela said Mulaudzi was given four life sentences on four counts of rape, while Ngudle received 12 years for the robbery.

“The court heard how during the afternoon of October 13, 2013, the victim had offered food to a passerby, Mulaudzi,” said Mavimbela.

“He noticed at that moment that the good Samaritan lived alone.”

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Mavimbela said Muluadzi then got the idea into his head to find an accomplice to help him break into the woman’s house.

“One of the men he had identified for the task told the court how he rejected Mulaudzi’s advances,” Mavimbela said.

“He approached me that night at about 20:00. He said we should go and break into the house of an old woman who lives alone, but I refused,” the man testified in court.

This was when Mulaudzi recruited his co-accused, Ngudle.

Mavimbela said Muluadzi had climbed through a trap door and fell on the woman’s bed after breaking her bedroom ceiling.

“While Ngudle ransacked the house, Mulaudzi forced himself onto the victim and had unlawful sexual intercourse that lasted until the early hours of the following morning.” said Mavimbela.

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“The accused left the house with the victim’s cash and other valuables,”

Mulaudzi was arrested on October 22, 2013 and remained in custody until his trial was finalised.

“The Tshwane central cluster’s family violence and child protection and sexual offences unit has to be commended for the sterling work done by the investigating officers,” said Mavimbela.

“The case also highlighted the effectiveness of the forensic experts within the cluster since they played a key role to ensure that both accused were linked to the crime.”

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