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Gone for Good: South African serial rapist sentenced to two life terms, plus 293 years

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A 28-year-old South African serial rapist identified as Lucky Lehloo, has been sentenced to two life jail terms, plus an additional 293 years in prison slammed on him for his troubles.

The Klerksdorp Regional Court handed down the sentence on Lehloo on Thursday after he was found guilty on 13 counts of rape, as well as eight charges of armed robbery with aggravating circumstances, with one of the assault with the “intention to commit grievous bodily harm,” and one of assault.

Among Lehloo’s 13 victims, according to the prosecutor, were a 73-year-old pensioner and a 15-year-old minor.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority’s North West spokesperson, Henry Mamothame, Lehloo’s conviction was linked to a series of offences he committed between November 2014 and July 2018 in Tshing, Ventersdorp.

Lehloo, from the North West province, was only 15 years old when he went on a crime spree, raping eight women in their homes, while five were raped in bushes.

“Lehloo broke in and robbed them of their cellphones and money and raped them before fleeing the scene,” Mamothame said.

“In one house that he broke into, he found three women, robbed them of their cellphones and raped them. One of the victims was a 73-year-old elderly woman who passed on in January 2020.”

In other instances, Lehloo attacked five victims on the street, Mamothame said.

“He attacked five of the victims on the street, threatened them with a knife and dragged them to the bushes where he raped them and robbed them of their belongings,” he added.

“In another incident, Lehloo raped a 15-year-old girl. He went to a home where he found the teenager and deceived her into believing her grandmother had sent him to work in the garden.

“She then provided him with the garden tools but he later walked into the house and raped her.”

Mamothame added in two of the incidents, Lehloo severely assaulted and stabbed the victims with a knife and raped them before fleeing the scene.

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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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