Judge takes pity on man who killed mom

2012-11-20 08:40
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Durban - A Durban judge took pity on a man who murdered his mother, saying that the court had heard a “very tragic story” of an abused son and a family who ignored his cries for help.

The 33-year-old man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for stabbing his mother with a screwdriver, reported the Daily News.

The KwaZulu-Natal High Court heard how the man, who was not named as he was a victim of sexual abuse, had been repeatedly molested and raped by a family friend and soccer coach and how his family refused to support him after he told them of the abuse.

The man who had raped him was later sent to prison for molesting another child.

His own marriage fell apart and after telling his wife of the abuse she had sometimes called him a “moffie”.

He started seeing the coach again in 2010 and was using drugs and drinking. Before his mother’s death, she had asked her son to ask the coach to find work for his father but he refused.

On the day of the murder he had an argument with his mother after he had been drinking and confronted her about why she had never helped him following the abuse to which she said: “Why doesn’t [the coach] make you his wife.”

He picked up a screwdriver and stabbed her and said he was filled with regret about what he had done.

“I was wrong. No amount of time in jail will erase what I’ve done,” he said. “I miss my mom a lot. I feel like a monster for what I’ve done.”

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