Life for triple rape of virgin

2008-06-22 00:00

A rapist who was described as being “devoid of humanity”, was jailed for life by high court Judge Isaac Madondo on Friday.

Wiseman Zakwe (30) of Keats Drift, was found guilty of raping a 15-year-old three times — at least twice while she was unconscious.

Afterwards, he dumped her at the roadside and left her for dead in the Rietvlei area near Greytown in May 2007.

The court heard she lay in a drain next to the road for the whole night until she was found the next morning by a security guard and taken to hospital. She had head injuries and remained unconscious for three weeks.

The court could not make a finding how she sustained the head injuries, as she was unable to recall, but heard that she continues to suffer from chronic headaches as a result.

She testified that when she was raped the first time she passed out and could not recall anything further.

She reported the rape to her grandmother following her release from hospital.

The court admitted into evidence a confession made by Zakwe to police following his arrest, in which he described having raped the young woman three times, taking time to rest in between. He said he threw her from his vehicle near the place where she was staying.

The court rejected Zakwe’s version in court that the victim consented to having sex with him.

Judge Madondo, sitting with two assessors, said the only mitigating factor was the fact that he had no previous convictions.

He is married with two children. He was a taxi driver at the time of the incident.

Judge Madondo said it was aggravating that the young victim was a virgin before the rapes, and that she trusted him, testifying that she regarded him “as her brother”.

It emerged that when Zakwe first asked her to have sex with him the young girl said she did not know what that was. He then offered to “teach her”.

The judge said Zakwe qualified to receive the minimum prescribed sentence of life imprisonment on three separate grounds — that the victim was under 16; that she suffered physical injuries during the rape, and that she was raped more than once.

He said Zakwe’s actions afterwards showed that he is “devoid of humanity”.

“He abused her trust … After gratifying his sexual lust he threw her out of the motor vehicle and he left her there for dead. She spent the whole night in the drain. Was it not for the security officer … she would have remained there till she died,” the judge said.

He said, having noticed that the victim was seriously injured, Zakwe took no steps to take her to hospital or to alert her relatives. “That showed the callousness and brutality of the accused,” he said.

ingrido@witness.co.za

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