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Man rapes young mother while she was breastfeeding her baby

By Mason White 6:41 PM February 22, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A man was arrested, charged and convicted of rape after raping numerous women, including a young mother who was breastfeeding her baby, prosecutors in South Africa said.

Now, the North Gauteng High Court sentenced 27-year-old Simone Sithole of Pretoria, to 564 years in prison after pleading guilty to 45 charges.

Sithole pleaded guilty to 21 counts of rape, sexual assault, robbery with aggravating circumstances and illegal possession of a firearm.

His youngest victim was 11 years old and three other victims were 16 years old when they were raped.

All victims were threatened with a firearm or another dangerous weapon, and most were tied before they were raped and robbed of cell phones, cash, clothes and jewelry.

Prosecutors told the court how Sithole raped one young mother while she was breastfeeding her baby. Sithole was caught after using a stolen cellphone.

He was later linked to 21 rapes through DNA testing. Sithole has a girlfriend and a young daughter, and worked in a hair salon while committing the crimes.