A LONG-LASTING attraction to crime was the downfall of former fugitive Lungisani “One Man” Mdlolo, who escaped justice in December 2014 but received a whopping three life terms and 240 years’ imprisonment.
Yesterday, Mdlolo – who received his notorious moniker “One Man” for conducting his violent crime spree against 39 victims on his own – finally received his sentence at the South Gauteng High Court after escaping more than four years ago on the day he was meant to be sentenced.
In October 2014, Mdlolo was convicted of 22 offences – including murder, rape and armed robbery – for a six-month reign of terror between July and December 2012 in Soweto, where the community lived in extreme fear of him. In one of his more heinous acts, Mdlolo raped a woman on her bed while her five-year-old son lay next to her.
Warrant Officer David Motsi, who was the investigating officer in the matter, said Mdlolo’s escape from the Palmridge Magistrate’s Court four years ago was mysterious. He said they had been informed by the court officer, who had to bring him up for sentencing, that One Man had disappeared.
Yesterday, Motsi said Mdlolo had been recaptured in November last year in Duduza, Ekurhuleni, by the Hawks, who were tracking a gang of cash-intransit heist suspects.
“I had registered him as a fugitive from justice in 2014. When the Hawks nabbed him in November, I was alerted that my guy has been found.
“His lust for crime has ended his four-year run from justice,” Motsi said.
Meanwhile, Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng said it was “in the public’s best interest that the accused be permanently removed from society”.
Mdlolo indicated that he would appeal against both his conviction and sentence.
By KHAYA KOKO firstname.lastname@example.org @khayakoko88
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