Appeal by rapist who disembowelled girl dismissed

2015-04-07 20:39

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Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday dismissed an appeal by a man found guilty of the raping and disembowelling a 9-year-old girl in May 2012.

Thembinkosi Manyoni, 30, was sentenced to life in prison for rape and 15 years for attempted murder on January 2014 by the Pietermaritzburg Regional Magistrate Jennifer Anthoo.

High court judges David Ntshangase and Jacqueline Henriques dismissed his appeal on Tuesday.

The doctor who treated the girl had previously told the regional court that Manyoni had disembowelled her, that her saliva oozed out of her wounds and that he did not know how she survived.

Ntshangase said it was a miracle that the victim survived. She was stabbed repeatedly whenever she moved or cried.

Manyoni broke into the girl's home and raped her in front of her two younger siblings.

At the time, Anthoo said it was the worst case of rape she had come across.

The girl told Anthoo that Manyoni plunged the knife deeply into her when he slashed her.

Despite her ordeal she was able to recognise him as he lived near her house.

Manyoni's semen was found inside her and on the bed's linen where the rape had taken place. He could not explain how it got there.

Manyoni had a previous conviction for aggravated assault.

Anthoo found no substantial and compelling circumstances for deviating from the prescribed sentence of life for raping a child.  

She said he had shown no remorse and that he had used a small child for his gratification.

Anthoo also found that the girl had already and would continue to suffer physical and psychological trauma.

The rape of young girls was prevalent and society expected courts to protect them as the upper guardians of all minors, she said.

The sentences would run concurrently.

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  crime  |  child abuse

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