‘I wanted sex,’ says rapist (22)

2012-09-22 00:00

A 22-YEAR-OLD man explained his rape of an 85-year-old woman by saying he became aroused in bed after drinking and she was the closest woman who lived alone.

He was jailed yesterday for 20 years.

Pietermaritzburg High Court Judge Kevin Swain said the rape committed by Mbhekiseni Mbambo of Ngudwini near Stanger was a “most depraved, callous and cowardly act”.

Mbambo expressed remorse and apologised to the victim and her family in court yesterday, but Swain said this must be “cold comfort” to them.

The woman’s son told Weekend Witness afterwards that the family was satisfied that Mbambo was convicted and with his sentence.

However, he said his mother was still traumatised and could not comment.

In a victim impact statement handed to the court, she said she was “heartbroken” and couldn’t understand why Mbambo had done this to her. She’d had to move out of her home and live with her son due to the effect the incident had on her.

“I was affected badly emotionally because I was crying and I even wished I was dead.

“My family was also very hurt by this incident because even now it is still a painful sore in their hearts,” she said.

The woman said at the time that she had scratches on her face and her chest, ribcage and arms had been “very sore” from fighting with her attacker.

She said she’d not slept with a man since her husband had died many years before.

The rape occurred during the night of September 15.

In a statement read to court by his legal aid lawyer, Ishi Khan, Mbambo said he had consumed a bottle of whisky with his brother before going out to visit friends. In bed later that night he had become sexually aroused.

“I concluded that the only available woman I could have sex with was the complainant, as she lived alone, close to my home,” he said.

Mbambo said he had gone to the woman’s rondavel and entered by turning aside a nail that secured the door to the doorframe.

Before he entered the room he had removed his trousers and underwear and left them outside.

The woman was asleep.

He got into her bed, used one hand to block her mouth and the other to lift her nightdress.

He then raped her.

Despite her resistance, he was not deterred.

Afterwards, he collected his clothes and fled.

Responding to questions by state advocate Candy Kander, he said the reason for leaving his clothes outside was so that he could escape quickly if someone came, and not leave his clothes behind in the room.

He admitted he did not voluntarily surrender himself the next morning, but said he confessed to the rape after the woman’s sons traced his footprints from her home to his.

The local community was “angry and sad” about what he had done. Some had wanted to kill him, he said.

He was handed over to the local nkosi and then to police.

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