Gang rapist sentenced to 24 years after agreeing to turn state witness

2012-11-12 00:00

A 24-YEAR-OLD man was given a 21-year jail sentence for his role in a fatal gang rape after pleading guilty in a Scottburgh court on Friday and agreeing to testify against his alleged accomplices.

Mkonisi Nguse took part in the gang rape of an 18-year-old woman who was murdered, allegedly by his two accomplices.

The alleged accomplices will be tried separately on murder and rape charges.

Nguse admitted to holding the victim’s legs while the other men raped the young woman.

The trio allegedly intercepted her in the veld in a rural area.

Nguse took a turn at raping her, but he was not involved in her murder and he has consented to testify against the other two — one aged 28 and the other 27.

Scottburgh chief magistrate K.M. Shandu quoted from a 1992 case — the state vs Chapman — that determined that “rape is an invasion of the rights to privacy, of dignity and of integrity of the victim”.

“As such, it breaches the constitutional rights of that person and it is the court’s duty to send a clear message that the equality, dignity and freedom of all women will be protected.

“There is no place in our society for people who commit such crimes.

“They must be removed from our communities.

“This can only be achieved by a long term of imprisonment.”

Shandu said he would take into account that the convicted man had “pleaded guilty and is remorseful, did not waste the court’s time, has consented to testify against his alleged accomplices and had certain qualifying personal circumstances”.

He noted that Nguse was young enough to benefit from rehabilitation, he had no previous record of violent crime and he had probably been influenced by his older accomplices.

Furthermore, he was not complicit in the subsequent murder of the victim.

The two co-accused will appear in court on a date yet to be announced.

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