Man ‘on way to becoming a serial rapist’

2013-10-25 00:00

A HIGH court judge yesterday imposed two life terms plus an effective 25 years’ imprisonment on a 20-year-old man who raped three women in a six month period, including a 15-year-old girl and her disabled mother.

The court heard the older woman had suffered a stroke and was helpless to go to her daughter’s aid or help herself, when Sokhela Gida broke into their home and raped them.

In an earlier incident he’d raped a 22-year-old woman.

The incidents occurred in 2010 and 2011 in the Durban and Port Shepstone areas.

Judge Rishi Seegobin refused to grant Gida leave to appeal against his life sentences.

He said the sentences were a reflection of the aggravating features in the case, and he did not consider that any other court would take a different view.

“Violence against women and children in this country must end.

“Society, and the three victims in this matter, expect the court to do what is right. The sentences should drive home to the accused, and others as well, that enough is enough,” the judge said when sentencing Gida.

He commented that Gida appeared to be “on his way to becoming a serial rapist”.

He said the fact that Gida pleaded guilty to the charges against him — three counts of rape, a count of housebreaking with intent to rape, and one of assault of the young girl who was hit and threatened with a knife — was not an indication that he was genuinely remorseful for his actions.

Had he been genuinely remorseful, he said Gida would have felt compelled to surrender himself to police immediately and make a clean breast of what he’d done.

Instead he had given police the “run around” for many months before his arrest.

The judge also pointed out that alcohol consumption had played only a minor role in Gida’s actions and that he was always fully aware of what he was doing.

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