Man with 1 arm rapes 18 womenBy Mason White 5:53 PM November 5, 2014
|Mhlonishwa Elias Mathebula|
By: Mahesh Sarin
A man who has only one arm, was arrested, charged and convicted of rape after raping at least eighteen women, police in South Africa said.
The right arm of 33-year-old Mhlonishwa Elias Mathebula, was amputated below the elbow when he was a child after being electrocuted.
However, this did not stop him from stalking and raping his eighteen victims, aged between 14 and 40. Mathebula managed to evade capture for many years, but on Friday, Mathebula was finally put behind bars.
He received nine life sentences plus 90 years in prison for a total of 315 years after pleading guilty at the Scottburgh Regional Court to 18 counts of rape.
Mathebula was listed the National Sex Offender Registry and was declared unfit to work with children.
According to the police investigation, Mathebula approached his victims on the streets of Umzinto, Hibberdene, Dududu, and Msinsi, in the early morning hours.
He dragged them to the nearby fields, where he raped and assaulted them. Investigators said that some victims reported that a second man accompanied the suspect, but so far, police were unable to identify or locate him.