Tinashe Max Makisi Virima (32) from Masvingo, was sentenced to two life sentences and 180 years in jail for rape, kidnapping, robbery and assault. He was convicted of 38 counts of robbery, rape and kidnapping by a Thohoyandou High Court division judge on Friday last week despite pleading innocent and saying that he was in Zimbabwe when the offences were committed. Oral and DNA evidence was used to link him to the crimes.
Virima is said to have committed the crimes between March 2012 and April 2015 in the company of his friends who are still at large. National Prosecuting Authority provincial spokesperson for Limpopo, Mr Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi said that Virima and his friends would ambush the complainants in their cars, rob them and rape the female victims. In other cases Virima would break into homes where he would rob and rape women between the ages of 14 and 35.
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