‘Barbaric’ rapist gets life in jail

2012-08-31 00:00

A MAN who left a woman with life-long emotional and physical scars by hitting her on the head with a brick before raping her in three different locations in Imbali over several hours on January 14, 2010, was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday.

Sentencing Dumisani Dlamini, regional court magistrate Rose Mogwera said he had shown no remorse for his actions even while watching the victim weep and sob as she testified about the effects the incident had on her.

Instead he had seemed “distant and disinterested” in what she was saying.

Mogwera said in her judgment that if the victim had not escaped it was reasonable to conclude that Dlamini would have continued raping her and detaining her against her will.

She described Dlamini’s treatment of the victim during the incident as “barbaric and devoid of any consideration or humaness”.

At one stage he had forced the woman to leave her clothes behind when he moved her from one RDP house to another before raping her a second time.

Mogwera said nothing could be more degrading and dehumanising than being “marched” from one place to another naked.

After raping her, he’d ignored the woman’s pleas to let her go.

The victim told the court that as a result of the injury to her head she did not have a clear recollection of some of the things that happened.

She also testified following Dlamini’s conviction this week that the attack had had a long-lasting impact on her health and that she suffered from dizziness and seizures.

The rape had also left her with emotional and psychological scars, and she had still to confront her demons through counselling.

When Mogwera asked her if she would forgive Dlamini, she replied that she would not.

She told the court that she believed Dlamini should be sentenced to life imprisonment because he was “not suitable to live with other people in the community”.

Mogwera said in her judgment she was unable to find any compelling or substantial circumstances to justify imposing less than the prescribed sentence of life imprisonment.

The case qualified for a life sentence on grounds that the victim suffered grievous bodily harm during the rape and that she was raped more than once.

• Dlamini was granted leave to appeal against the sentence, but not against his conviction.

State prosecutor Rene Padayachee said the evidence of his guilt was “overwhelming” and included DNA evidence.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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