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DNA sampling links rapist to 18 more cases

A North West man has been slapped with five life terms and 191 years for 18 counts of rape, 23 of robbery with aggravating circumstances, theft of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Johannes Nokeri, 28, was sentenced at the High Court of South Africa North West Division, sitting in the Temba Regional Court for the crimes that were committed between 2012 and 2016.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Shane Kgoele said Nokeri had not shown remorse for the crimes that he had committed.

According to the North West National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Henry Mamothame, Nokeri's reign of terror began in 2012 where women were raped and robbed.

Mamothame said Nokeri embarked on a series of rapes, robberies and theft in the areas around Hammanskraal and Temba.

However, he was never caught.

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