Police dog put rapist in hospital

2010-02-27 00:00

A HIGH court judge said yesterday her heart was “not moved” by severe police dog bite injuries suffered by a robber and rapist who had accosted a heavily pregnant woman in her Richmond home and violated her at knifepoint.

According to a medical report from Edendale Hospital, the rapist, Njabulo Ndlovu of uMzimkhulu, was bitten on his scrotum, left and right thigh, and upper limbs and chest. He was hospitalised for 10 days.

Acting Judge Khosi Hadebe sentenced Ndlovu to a total of 30 years’ imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances and rape, and said she would not order the sentences to run concurrently.

She ordered that Ndlovu must serve 20 years before he can be considered for parole.

He was refused leave to appeal against the sentences.

Hadebe said there was no reason for Ndlovu to rape the 28-year-old victim, who was eight-and-a-half months pregnant. “You raped her because you could,” she said.

The judge said Ndlovu was not poor or hungry. “You had a job. You had enough money to buy beer,” she said.

Hadebe said as serious as Ndlovu’s injuries were, they “do not move the court’s heart at all” as he had brought them on himself.

He told the court he was ferociously attacked and bitten by police dogs who tracked him to a sugar cane field after the victim raised the alarm.

Ndlovu, who worked as a stable hand in Richmond, said he noticed a house on a farm that was “unattended” and entered through an open door.

While he was putting items into a bag, the complainant came in. He took a knife from the kitchen and signalled her to go the bedroom, where he raped her.

Afterwards he took her cellphone and began to leave with the woman. On noticing a man outside, she started to scream, whereupon Ndlovu fled.

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