Serial rapist faces life in prison for raping several women

Notorious rapist and multiple convict, Jan Rooinasie (43), is facing a life term in prison after having been found guilty of raping a number of women at knife-point and at times using the force of strangulation.

It is the State’s case that Rooinasie who is a father of one 28-year-old would lure his unsuspecting victims to bushy areas under the pretext that he was in desperate need of help before he could rape them.

In his March 2018 appearance before the court, he was facing charges involving   raping of a 13-year-old girl on May 25, 2007, and of repeatedly raping three other women, aged 20 to 24, between March 2 and 22, 2010. 

He pleaded for a lesser sentence in the Windhoek High Court yesterday on 10 counts   which if run concurrently would land him an effective 60 years in jail.

His lawyer asked for a “blend of mercy” citing that the Supreme Court has this year ruled that the severest sentences should not be more than 37 and a half years as these would interpret such a sentenced convict as to be worse that the one given a life sentence.

However, the prosecutor argued that the convict was not a first-time offender and had a criminal record dating to as far back at 1982.

“Three victims suffered a brutal invasion of their right to privacy and dignity. He is an evil and dangerous person. The victims’ dignity was robbed in a cruel and despicable manner. His personal circumstances carry little weight against the (trauma) his victims went through.”

“His conduct shows that he has no regard for women. He is a monster that took his victims to secluded places in order to satisfy his sexual desire,” said the prosecutor in her submission for a life-sentence to be imposed on Rooinasie.

One of his victims who testified before the court said that she has been left in trauma since the day she was rapped and is finding it hard to trust in men again.