Convict feels sorry for his rape victims

Convicted serial rapist Tsediso Letsoenya was touched by the tears of victims who testified at his Cape high court trial on multiple rape charges.

Convicted serial rapist Tsediso Letsoenya was touched by the tears of victims who testified at his Cape high court trial on multiple rape charges.

Letsoenya, 38, was yesterday called to the witness stand by defence counsel Nehemia Bellem to testify in mitigation of sentence.

Letsoenya appeared before Judge Abe Motala and two assessors. They found him guilty on 28 counts of rape and eight of aggravated robbery.

He faces life sentences on eight rape counts and a minimum of 15 years on each of the eight robbery charges. It was revealed at yesterday's proceedings that Letsoenya had kept a diary of the times he had had consensual sexual relations with women. Letsoenya told the court he had studied his diary in prison and had concluded that he had led an "abnormal" life.

Letsoenya was referred to the Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital for assessment after he told his counsel that he had a sexual addiction. Yesterday he denied he had ever spoken of a sexual addiction and said he regarded his sexual exploits as misbehaviour. Asked by Bellem why he had kept a diary of his sexual escapades, he said he had no reason.

He said: "I really cannot remember what happened. For those who came to court and cried when they related their ordeals, I feel very touched and sorry for them."

He said he had tried to explain his sexual problems to the psychiatrists at Valkenberg, but they could not understand. Bellem told Letsoenya to explain it all to the court.

"What can I explain to the court if the doctors say I do not have a sexual addiction?" he replied. Letsoenya will be sentenced on Friday. - Sapa

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