Tshwane serial rapist started reign of terror as a teen

A convicted serial rapist who terrorised the Mabopane and Winterveld areas, north of Pretoria, between 2016 and 2018 when he was a teenager, will know his sentence next month as the prosecution team pushes for a harsh sentence.

Sibongiseni Ngwenya, 24, who was last month convicted on 16 counts of rape, 13 of house break-ins, nine of robbery and one of attempted robbery appeared briefly in the Pretoria high court sitting at the GaRankuwa magistrate’s court for mitigation and aggravation of sentence on Wednesday

State prosecutor MacDonald Ndimande told the court that police records showed Ngwenya has a previous conviction of assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm for an incident that took place in April 2011.

Ndimande, pushing for a harsher sentence, told the court that the previous conviction showed the character of Ngwenya.

He said Ngwenya at the time used the name of Jowie Prince and had been linked to the crime via his fingerprints.

Ngwenya told the court that he knew nothing of that case and was never ever convicted before prompting his lawyer, Adv Janette Henzen-Du Toit, to ask for a confirmation of the conviction.

Ngwenya also denied that he ever used the name Jowie Prince and flatly denied knowing anything about the previous conviction that the prosecution was attempting to use to convince the court that he deserved no mercy.

Ngwenya, who has already spent three years and six months in prison, had his legs shackled and did not make eye contact with anyone in court.

Judge Rose Nonyane then asked the prosecution to take Ngwenya’s fingerprints once again to verify the previous conviction before postponing the matter to next month.

Ngwenya began his reign of terror in Mabopane and neighbouring Winterveld in 2016 when he was 19 years of age, committing house robberies and raping some of his victims at gunpoint.

According to the charge sheet, his victims are aged between 12 and 30.

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