KIMBERLEY – The SAPS welcomes the 15 year rape sentence that was handed down to Shaun Van Niekerk (alias Tupac) in the Kimberley Regional Court, today.

On 29 October 2017, the accused (38), his male friend and the 16-year-old female was drinking at his shanty in Deetlefsville, Strydenburg.

The friend later left and this is when Van Niekerk grabbed a knife and raped the victim at knifepoint.

The accused fled and was later traced in Noordgesig in Johannesburg, on 06 December 2018.

Shaun Van Niekerk was sentenced to 15 years direct imprisonment for rape and he was also declared unfit to carry a firearm and his name will be recorded in the Register for Sexual Offenders.

The Provincial Head for Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS), Brigadier Nicky Mills lauds Detective Constable Ricardo Kock at Hopetown FCS Unit for his determination and persistence in ensuring that the perpetrator is incarcerated.

Source: South African Police Service