CAPE TOWN - Convicted Cape Town serial rapist Sikhangele Mki was handed 15 life sentences and 120 years behind bars.
Gardai have arrested a suspected serial rapist who may have attacked 11 women in recent weeks.
The man was being held at Lucan Garda Station after three young women reported that they had been raped by him at different locations across the country.
The rapes are alleged to have happened in Dublin, Portlaoise and Galway.
It is understood that apart from sexually assaulting the women, the attacker threatened them with knives, robbed them and beat them up.
The suspect is a Romanian national and he was arrested after a massive investigation involving the garda's Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit. The specialist unit was backed up by investigating officers from Clondalkin, Galway and Portlaoise.
It is understood that the alleged rape in Portlaoise happened just over a week ago. The others happened at earlier dates.
All the alleged victims are prostitutes who have been operating on escort websites.
It is understood that they are foreign nationals working in the sex industry here.
The suspect was arrested in west Dublin yesterday morning.
It is believed that gardai were able to make the arrest after gathering "excellent quality" CCTV of the suspect at three different locations.
DNA evidence has also been obtained by investigators.
Sources said gardai had planned a special undercover operation to arrest the suspect.
Officers have used a specialised computer system known as the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis system (Viclas) to determine if the alleged rapes are linked to one man.
Viclas was developed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the early 1990s to compare different crimes for similarities.
It is understood that the suspect was initially being questioned last night about the alleged rape in Galway.
Sources said gardai believe that there are at least eight other sex workers who have been raped but have not come forward to make a complaint.
In recent years, gardai have investigated a number of rape cases involving prostitutes, including an incident at a north Dublin hotel in 2012 when two sex workers were attacked.
A 27-year-old Silobela man is reported to have raped and robbed 30 women in Parker, Mutimutema village.
The suspect, Stanford Ntini Sibanda is reported to have brought untold suffering to Silobela villagers.
Apparently he is said to be currently on police wanted list and he has been elusive to the police since September 2016.
Speaking to Bulawayo24.com the village head of Parker village 2, Mr Phenious Moyo Mupandawana (85) said he does not condone crime in his village and is appealing to the public to join hands with police in apprehending Ntini.
"Ntini is a problem child he breaks into people's houses armed with machetes rapes women and rob them of their valuables.
"We are appealing to the public to join hands with the police so that the notorious criminal is arrested.
"In my village I do not condone crime, criminals should face the wrath of law," thundered Moyo.
Several women who were interviewed by this reporter said they live in fear since Ntini does not choose on who to pounce on and he does not use protection in his shenanigans.
Meanwhile, his accomplice Clifford Moyo is battling for life at Parirenyatwa group of hospital in Harare after he was shot by the police last month, after he disarmed and bashed police officers who were trying to arrest Ntini.
Moyo gave room for Ntini to flee while he attacked the police. However, the police finally over powered him and shot him twice while he was running away.
One police officer cheated death in the scuffle after he was strangled by Moyo and was hospitalised at Silobela general hospital for two weeks.
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