Child rapist gets 15 years

2007-11-19 00:00

Judge Chris Nicholson said he also took into account the fact that the rapist, Ayanda Kweyama (35), of Mpumulanga, had already spent three years and nine months in prison by the time he was sentenced yesterday.

He said the aggravating features of the case were the very young age of the victim and the fact that Kweyama was a neighbour of the child.

Mitigating features included the fact that he is relatively young - 32 years old - at the time and had no previous convictions, and the fact he has already spent a long time in jail.

The judge said life imprisonment is normally reserved for those who have to be put away for the rest of their lives for the protection of society, or people who are regarded as incapable of reformation. He said he could not conclude that Kweyama is not capable of reformation.

The court was told that although Kweyama has undergone blood tests to establish his HIV status, he is unaware of his results.

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