Commonwealth v. Lesiba Simon Matsoake; Jury Recommends Life Imprisonment for Man Extradited from South Africa to Face Forcible Sodomy Charge

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Lesiba Simon Matsoake, 41 years old, was found guilty of Forcible Sodomy after a two-day jury trial.  The jury fixed his punishment at life in prison.  Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis, who presided over the trial, will formally sentence Matsoake on December 14, 2016.

The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on December 10, 2006, Lesiba Simon Matsoake forced a 23-year-old woman, unknown to him, to perform oral sodomy on him.  The victim had been out with her fiancé and family members having drinks at a bar in the Waterside area of Norfolk, Virginia.  Eventually the victim and her fiancé got into a fight and she walked to the parking garage alone.  Preying upon her intoxicated state, Matsoake got her into his vehicle.  She awoke in a deserted parking lot off Miller Store Road in Virginia Beach, near Norfolk International Airport.  Threatening her with a knife and gun, Matsoake sexually assaulted her.  He pulled her hair, scratched her neck, and struck her in the face, causing her to have a black eye.  After ejaculating into her mouth, he cleaned her hands and fingernails, and threw her out into the parking lot without her cell phone.  The victim was able to preserve seminal fluid.  She knocked on doors until she found someone to call police. 

Responding officers were able to preserve the seminal fluid saved by the victim.  Further, she underwent a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE exam) where evidence was collected and preserved.  The seminal fluid was submitted to the Department of Forensic Science (DFS) for examination and to see if a suspect could be identified.  Ultimately a DNA match was made to Lesiba Simon Matsoake. 

In 2007, Matsoake's wife told police that Matsoake had confessed to some sexual assaults in North Carolina.  When police came to question Matsoake, they learned he had fled to his native country of South Africa. Authorities worked diligently to extradite Matsoake back to the United States. He arrived back in the United States in 2012 and remained in custody in North Carolina pending a trial there. 

Matsoake is currently serving a 20 to 25 year prison sentence for Rape in North Carolina, for which the date of offense was June 10, 2003.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys Wendy Alexander and Brandon M. Emery prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.

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