Coward rapist gets 27 years

2009-07-16 00:00

JASON CHETTY (29), who was convicted yesterday of the “disgusting” rape, indecent assault and attempted murder of a security guard, who was stabbed at least 43 times and left for dead in a provincial government building where she worked in 2002, has been jailed for an effective 27 years.

Regional court magistrate Chris van Vuuren sentenced Chetty to a total of 45 years imprisonment — 15 years on each of the three charges — but ordered that portions of the sentences should run concurrently, partly because Chetty has already served seven years in custody while awaiting the finalisation of his trial.

This was because the case had to be heard afresh when the high court granted Chetty a retrial after he was convicted for the first time.

The complainant, who was 19 years old when Chetty attacked her, wept throughout her evidence in court, and testified that she will be forever mentally and physically scarred by the ordeal.

She described how after indecently assaulting and raping her in the building, Chetty launched a frenzied attack on her during which he throttled her, tried to break her neck, and then stabbed her repeatedly on her neck and back — all while she pleaded with him not to kill her.

When he was done, he twisted her arm and jumped on her back several times to see if she would move. When she did not, he left her for dead. She managed to crawl to a lift and get to the ground floor, where she collapsed.

Two employees who were working overtime arrived and got her medical help. She identified Chetty, whom she had known for two or three weeks, as her attacker.

Van Vuuren said the fact that Chetty had the “gall” to rape, sodomise and stab his victim in the “disgusting” way he did and then claimed in court that she instigated sex between them and falsely implicated him showed he has no conscience.

He said Chetty’s lack of remorse was “quite startling”.

“This was a cold-blooded and vicious attack by a cowardly bully,” he said.

Rejecting Chetty’s defence that the woman pleaded with him to have sex, although he wanted to go home to his wife and child, Van Vuuren said the complainant had no reason to falsely implicate Chetty if she had a relationship with him and to let the real attacker go free. He accepted that immediately on being found, the woman had identified Chetty as her assailant.

He rejected Chetty’s version that on his return from the toilet he discovered the woman already injured in the presence of another man, and that he fled the scene in fear of being assaulted.

Van Vuuren said Chetty tried to tailor his evidence to suit the state’s version, and thought up an explanation as to how the victim’s blood got on his clothing.

Van Vuuren said after the attack, when Chetty escaped to an adjacent building, he sat for some time, combing his hair and had time to consider his actions. He made no attempt to seek help for his victim. 

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