A South African man has been given 25 life sentences for multiple crimes including rape and attempted murder.
The South Gauteng High Court sentenced 26-year-old Shadrack Xidada Chauke for 23 counts of rape and two of attempted murder.
He got another 254 years for multiple counts of attempted murder, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, robbery as well as kidnapping.
The police tweeted the news:
He committed the rapes between 2012 and 2014.
He broke into his victims’ houses and assaulted them, in some cases he attacked the victims’ partners and made them watch while he raped them.
Police spokesperson Mavela Masondo said Chauke was spotted by a rape victim, three months after the incident in December 2015, eventually leading to his arrest.
Forensic tests then linked him to 17 other cases.