Powerboat champ guilty of child rape
Johannesburg - Former world powerboat champion Lionel Ball was found guilty by the Eastern Cape High Court in Grahamstown of raping and sexually exploiting an 11-year-old girl, it was reported on Tuesday.
The Herald Online reported that Ball and his former domestic worker Nokuzola Ntonga were convicted on Monday.
Ntonga was found guilty of conspiracy and aiding and abetting Ball to commit a sexual offence.
Judge Judith Roberson said Ntonga and Ball had given conflicting testimonies about the arranged meeting between Ball and the child as well as what occurred afterwards.
The girl testified she knew Ntonga, who had come to the house with a friend and told her she would take her to a social worker to get shoes and clothes.
She got into the car, and was taken to Ball's home in Amalinda, East London, where she was raped.
Afterwards Ball forced her into the shower and then locked her in the bedroom before driving her back home.
Ball admitted the child was brought to his home, but denied he had raped her.
He said he let her watch television in his bedroom before giving her food, some clothes and R200 for shoes.
Roberson said she thought it inexplicable that Ball would take a child he “did not know from a bar of soap”, allow her to watch television in his bedroom and then give her a relatively large sum of money.
The case was postponed to December 15 for sentencing.