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Child rapist’s sentence slashed by high court

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The high court found that the 22-year-old rapist’s life sentence was excessive, as his own ‘absence of parental guidance, love and care’ was not taken into consideration.


25 Mar 2020
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Child rapist’s sentence slashed by high court

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The Bloemfontein High Court has slashed the life sentence originally meted out to a now 22-year-old man convicted of having raped his cousin when the two were both teenagers, to ten years – saying his “absence of parental guidance, love and care is a factor that the trial court should have considered”. Judge Nokuthula Sylvia Daniso said this month in ruling on appeals of both the conviction and sentence: “At the time of the incident, he had just turned 18 and was in Grade 9 … He was an orphan having lost both parents by the age of 12. He...

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