Bloemfontein – A man convicted of raping a woman a fewdays before her wedding, was handed two life sentences and 18 years by the FreeState High Court in Harrismith on Friday, police
Mojalefa Koro, 24, was given 15 years for housebreakingand rape, two years for kidnapping and a year for assault with intent to causegrievous bodily harm to the woman he raped, police spokespersonSergeant Mmako Mophiring said.
All the sentences would run concurrently with the lifesentences.
Koro and his friend raped a 22-year-old woman on December13 2013 at Harankopane in QwaQwa, Free State.
The woman was nine days away from getting married.
The other suspect was still on the run.
"The two men stormed into the woman’s home while shewas sleeping with her family… The two attacked the family and held them atgunpoint and took two cellphones. On their way out, they forced the womanoutside, raped [her] and assaulted her with sticks," said Mophiring.
Koro was arrested after DNA tests linked him to the rape.
"I want to applaud the woman for the brave decisionsand cooperation she gave into her investigation, including support from herfamily for justice to prevail," Free State police commissioner LieutenantGeneral Thabethe Mpembe said in a statement.