Commonwealth v. Lesiba Simon Matsoake; Another Life Sentence for Serial Sexual Predator Extradited From South Africa

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Lesiba Simon Matsoake, 42 years old, was found guilty of Abduction with Intent to Defile after a trial before Circuit Court Judge Les L. Lilley. Judge Lilley imposed the maximum sentence of life in prison.  Upon pronouncing his sentence, Judge Lilley told Matsoake, "the danger you represent to the peace and safety to our community and society as a whole is extraordinary, and you have lost your privilege to be part of society." 

The Commonwealth's evidence proved that just after midnight on February 2, 2004, a woman was walking alone at the oceanfront near 24th Street when she was grabbed by Lesiba Matsoake.  He dragged her to the ground, began choking her, and pulled off her pants.  A resident of a nearby home heard her screaming and, ultimately, Matsoake fled. The victim was able to preserve seminal fluid left on her leg by her attacker, and forensics technicians collected it.

The seminal fluid collected and preserved 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 also serving a 20 to 25 year prison sentence for Rape in North Carolina, for which the date of offense was June 10, 2003. He is also serving life for a forcible sodomy that occurred on December 10, 2006 in Virginia Beach, and 40 years for a forcible sodomy that occurred on June 11, 2004 in Virginia Beach.  Matsoake's sentence in total is two life terms plus 60 to 65 years in prison.  Judge Lilley heard testimony from two of Matsoake's previous victims as well as the victim of the February 2, 2004, Abduction with the Intent to Defile case. 

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