Testicle attacker’s sentence reduced

2014-02-05 08:30

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Johannesburg - A woman who was convicted of assault for pulling her cheating husband's testicles so hard he required stitches, had her sentence reduced by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, The Star newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Gladys Chauke was initially sentenced to a year in prison with the option of a R3 000 fine, but judges Ronel Tolmay and Cynthia Pretorius lowered it to three months in prison or a fine of R1 000, according to the report.

The judges said the Limpopo magistrate who originally sentenced Chauke should have considered, as a mitigating factor, that it was a crime of passion.

"The assault itself was not of such a serious nature. The sentence induces a sense of shock..." said Tolmay.

The magistrate justified the sentence saying Chauke deserved it since she attacked a "very delicate, intricate part of the human anatomy".

The assault happened at the husband's girlfriend's home.

Chauke, 27, allegedly locked herself and the two of them in a room. After the husband allegedly attacked her, she grabbed his testicles, hit him over the head with a wooden spoon and bit him.

He then reportedly jumped through a window and fled, "with blood streaming from his testicles".

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