CRIME NEWS: Double Life Sentence for Murder and Rape in Barkly West
Media Statement from Northern Cape Media Centre
South African Police Service
The SAPS welcomes the double life sentence that was handed down Jacob Esel (28) in the Northern Cape High Court today, 28 March 2019. Esel received life sentence for murder, life sentence for rape, 12 years for attempted rape and 5 years imprisonment for the violation of a corpse. The sentences will run concurrently.
On 27 February 2018, Jacob Esel committed hideous crimes as he attempted
to rape an elderly family member and subsequently proceeded to rape and kill a 47-year-old woman and cut her open numerous times on various areas on her lower body in attempt to destroy any DNA evidence that might implicate him. He was arrested a day after the incident on 28 February 2018 and only later pleaded guilty to the charges. The victim suffered 44 wounds on her body but her death was a result of strangulation at her home in Barkly West.
The Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Crime Detection in the Northern Cape, Major General Koliswa Otola commends detectives Constable Israel Taolo and Sergeant Lesego Oliphant from Barkly West SAPS for a brilliant job done. "It is with pride we see our members working tirelessly & relentlessly to remove criminals from our streets.”
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