26-year-old man rapes 76-year-old woman while holding toy gun to her headBy Mason White 2:48 PM March 1, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
A man of South Africa, was arrested, charged and convicted of rape and theft after raping a woman with a toy gun.
26-year-old Leonard Dumisani Mlimi was found guilty of two counts of rape and three counts of armed robbery.
Mlimi is accused of robbing three women with the toy gun and threatening a 76-year-old woman with it before raping her repeatedly.
He was sentenced to a total of 45 years in prison by the Nelspruit Regional Court.
Judge Andre Geldenhuys heard that Mlimi attacked the elderly woman in Gutshwa, while she was on her way to sell vetkoek, which is a fried dough bread.
The woman was “scared to death” as she thought the gun was real. Mlimi repeatedly raped the woman, stole her cellphone, money and some of her bread before he escaped.
He then attacked another woman and grabbed her purse. She began screaming, and community members chased the suspect and apprehended him.
They began beating the thief before police rescued him from the angry villagers. Other women came forward and told police that Mlimi robbed them at gunpoint.
The judge said that Mlimi showed no remorse, indicating that he was a danger to society and therefore he was handed a 45 year prison sentence.