Commonwealth v. Lesiba Simon Matsoake; Jury Recommends 40 Years for Man Extradited from South Africa to Face Forcible Sodomy Charge

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Lesiba Simon Matsoake, 42 years old, was found guilty of Forcible Sodomy after a two-day jury trial.  The jury fixed his punishment at 40 years in prison.  Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley, who presided over the trial, will formally sentence Matsoake on December 14, 2016.

The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on June 11, 2004, Lesiba Simon Matsoake forced a 22-year-old woman, unknown to him, to perform oral sodomy on him.  The victim, an aspiring comedian, was at the oceanfront celebrating her first gig. After having a few drinks, she went to 63rd Street and decided to skinny dip in the ocean.  It was in the middle of the night, so the victim believed the area was deserted and no one else was outside.  Suddenly she saw a naked man, later identified as Lesiba Matsoake, walking toward her. He forced her to the ground, and waves crashed over her head as she struggled against him.  Fearing for her life, the victim begged Matsoake to move up the beach out of the water.  Matsoake sexually assaulted the victim then fled.

The victim immediately got in her car and drove toward the police station.  On the way, she spotted an officer on the side of the road and flagged him down.  She explained that she had been sexually assaulted.  The victim was able to preserve seminal fluid left behind by her attacker, and forensics technicians collected it. 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. A Virginia Beach jury in June 2016 also found Matsoake guilty of forcible sodomy stemming from a December 10, 2006 assault.  That jury recommended life in prison, and Matsoake will be formally sentenced in that case on December 14, 2016. 

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