Appeal Court lashes judge, gives child rapist a longer sentence

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Appeal Court lashes judge, gives child rapist a longer sentence

Originally, man got 22 years because the rapes weren’t ‘the worst kind’. Supreme Court of Appeal strongly disagrees

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Even after a man was found guilty of raping a nine-year-old child three times in a single week, Eastern Cape acting judge Templeton Mageza believed the assaults weren’t the “worst kind” of rapes, and decided to lower the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.

Now the Supreme Court of Appeal has been forced to overturn what it described as the judge’s “flimsy reasoning” for taking pity on the rapist, saying it was the court’s duty to stem the “pandemic of sexual violence” in SA.

Late last week, SCA judge Caroline Nicholls – alongside two other judges – increased the convicted rapist’s sentence, providing their analysis of the attacks that Mageza believed weren’t as bad as other sexual assaults...

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