We've got news for you.

Register on Sunday Times at no cost to receive newsletters, read exclusive articles & more.
Register now

Appeal Court lashes judge, gives child rapist a longer sentence


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


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...

This article is reserved for Sunday Times Daily subscribers.
A subscription gives you full digital access to all Sunday Times Daily content.

Sunday Times Daily

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems?
Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.

Previous Article