Cage fighter gets 18 years for rape

2012-10-24 09:53

Johannesburg - Cage fighter Ryan "The Lion" van Niekerk was sentenced to 18 years in prison by the East London Regional Court for repeatedly raping a minor, it was reported on Wednesday.

Van Niekerk, 28, was sentenced to seven years for indecent assault, 15 years for sexual assault and 18 years for rape, the Daily Dispatch reported.

The sentences would be served concurrently.

He was found guilty of repeatedly raping a 13-year-old girl in 2009 and 2010.

His lawyer, Henry van Breda, asked the court not to give his client a life sentence.

According to the report, Van Breda asked the court to consider that van Niekerk was still young, a sportsman and a father.

“Yes, he has a previous conviction of perjury, but he apologised to the family and the police and that shows a person who takes responsibility for his actions.

“I ask that the sentences run concurrently. There’s still hope for the accused with the necessary guidance."

Van Niekerk reportedly cried after being sentenced.

  • sipho.skepu - 2012-10-24 10:09

    Oh and they vanish when the perpetrators are of their own pigment,if this guy was sithole or gaba all 30million black people would have been blamed for this.

      breyneke.dreyer - 2012-10-24 10:17

      Get a life Sipho! You are obviously a racist, don't think the rest of us are as well!! This guy is as bad as any other child rapist and deserves the death sentence!!!

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-24 10:18

      Ag sipho... why do you have to go and make this into a racist issue when it's clearly not? Don't paint us all with the same brush as the racists on this forum who, by the way, embarrass and shame us. Very uncool. As to the cage fighter's tears... wait boetie, many more of those to come. Yay you!!

      irma.white.9 - 2012-10-24 10:20

      Ah WHY does everything have to be race related? It's so done, get a life and start worrying about other things.

      phathuchicos - 2012-10-24 10:22

      shame on you sipho for being dumb...Millions of females are being raped in this country and you dont know the trauma they go through and all you can say is that rubbish above...

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-24 10:25

      Shut up racist.We are talking about criminals,no matter what colour. You are of course sure that black people would never stoop so low, otherwise you wouldn't make such an idiotic comment, eh?

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-10-24 10:30

      sipho be nice, the story is about a sick person not about race. This rapist deserve to be locked up and I doubt if he will ever be cured by his sickness. So sipho my boy dont make yourself look like a uneducated fool, try and debate the subject with substance not foolishness.

      long.tom.509 - 2012-10-24 10:38

      He will get what he deserves in his ring,Sipho act your age not your shoe size!

      merven.halo - 2012-10-24 10:39

      @sipho.skepu - quick to jump on the wagon now that finally a white has done something terrible. Why do you think the ANC will never let stats been shown on race basis? Because 99.9% of all crimes committed will be by your ANC cadres, but hey, you are clearly a ANC member, that explains everything.

      crackston.jack - 2012-10-24 10:45

      They should have cut his junk off and thrown him in a cage of real lions.

      chez.kri - 2012-10-24 10:53

      @Lorain. Do you knwo what "Kudos" means? As a woman, you are saying well doen to him for repeatedly raping someone! WTF is wrong with you?

      riette.nothling - 2012-10-24 12:56

      Ag sipho get a life! Go compare how many white vs black rapists there are and then we talk again!

      riette.nothling - 2012-10-24 12:58

      @ Lorain, coming from the same person who labels all white people racists, your comment is rich!

      vlammie.pilot - 2012-10-24 15:19

      @lorain.maseko You may comment on anything you like, even on 'naything' too. Do you want to tell us that blacks have a valid reason for the current racial attacks on whites? According to you, in your previous post, a black person can go and attack and kill white people because apparently this black person was victimised for a hundred years? Is this correct? Show me this person that was victimised in 1912, I am sure everybody would want to meet this bitter black person. Then also according to your own way of thinking, I have every reason to unleash my own form of violence on black people because right now whites are being victimised by blacks, and we get burgled, our animals killed, our children strangled and drowned, shot in the head, our women raped and stabbed... in their own land. Really? As for my flag, at least I have one to be proud of. The current flag reminds me of corruption, theft, oppression, no education, no respect - nothing to be proud of.

  • steele.oyle - 2012-10-24 10:10

    Another sad day in caucasian history

      Spiral - 2012-10-24 10:46

      why if i may ask?

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-10-24 10:16

    Cry those crocodile tears, another one for Solitary confinement.

  • ameenah.jacobs - 2012-10-24 10:18

    What about the little girl Mr Lion? What about her tears?

      chez.kri - 2012-10-24 10:56

      @Ameenah. Exactly. Does he want us to feel sorry for him now? Well lets hope he holds his breath waiting for that happen :)

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-10-24 10:19

    No use crying now. You ruined this girls life no doubt, you weren't thinking of that when you were busy raping her. Enjoy prison.

      verona.delport - 2012-10-24 11:45

      "Cagefighting" on a whole new level......

      gilbert.sampson.50 - 2012-10-24 13:28

      Verona. Bwahahahahahaha. Brilliant! Hope baba pins him down for the next 15 years

  • rwetyitp - 2012-10-24 10:19

    Lol...the lion is in the real cage now,,,\what r u in for? Rape\ That's disgusting mate, I hope they give u STI's

      abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-10-24 10:52

      As a fortune teller and traditional healer I threw the bones for Ryan and I see a lot of tall dark strangers in the near future getting very intimate with him. 18 years is just not enough

  • phathuchicos - 2012-10-24 10:20

    OMG...he cried? I thought he was man enough to stand a permanent cage.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-24 10:22

    Yes, and now he has his own cage, and he will have to fight for his life. We know what kind of sports he prefers. He deserves a life sentence over ond over again.

      merven.halo - 2012-10-24 10:40

      Hehe, now he can have a vaseline fight!

  • merven.halo - 2012-10-24 10:29

    "a sportsman" What does that got to do with anything mr lawyer? Now he will have a new cage to fight in!

  • malcolm.naidoo.12 - 2012-10-24 10:31

    I don't care what race he is... he deserves a much harsher punishment than this!!!! much harsher!!!

  • Hemlock - 2012-10-24 10:40

    Throw the book at this prick. Did he consider what he was doing to a 13 year old girl? Why should the law consider that he is young and a father....the girl he raped was young too and he ruined a part of her forever. No, he raped her and he must be punished to the full extent of the law.

  • petr.valcik1 - 2012-10-24 10:43

    According to other articles the girl was actually 10 when it happened as she is now 13. Well Ryan liked the cage and now he will hopefully spend the rest of his days there. Pappa wag vir jou.

  • LinksRegsLinksRegsLinksRegsRegs - 2012-10-24 10:44

    Lekker Jou vuil hond!Gan tjank erens anders,pel. And Justice for All..

  • vdncube - 2012-10-24 10:44

    WHY cant we all get along, and work for the best of this country. I am not SA so from my panoromic view, The racism in this country is sickening, wow. We all know that fellow black people commit the bulk of the senseles crimes it can be logically deduced, we all know that this can be traced to the blacks being the majority of the poor & uneducated which can be traced to the remnants of Apartheid, yes Apartheid ended in 1994, but look Slavery and segregation ended in the 1960, the holocaust and world war 2 ended in the 1941 but the remnants of such loosely applied systems are with us to this day. Lets not look at a person and ascribe race to it, let us use our diversity to find solutions not to bring each other down and inflame tensions. This is more of a class struggle rather than a racial situation

  • jonathan.birkholtz - 2012-10-24 10:48

    Its crazy how our law convicts a rapist to more years in prison than a murderer!!! What the hell is going on?!

  • chez.kri - 2012-10-24 10:51

    He's only crying coz he's going to jail. If he was really remorseful, he'd have cried after the first rape and turned himself in. I have no sympathy for his crocodile tears.

  • angelique.viviers1 - 2012-10-24 10:58

    A child's life has been ruined, and somehow, some way you still manage to turn it into a racist thing? How selfish and ignorant...what the hell has racism got to do with any of this? Has this country gone mad?

  • ben.alexander.16144 - 2012-10-24 10:59

    Should have been hanged! Piece of rubbish!

  • angelique.viviers1 - 2012-10-24 11:06

    I see so many comments on this page about african people moaning that this white man should have been hung or had a harsher life sentence and I fully agree, but hey, you voted for this government, they changed the laws, they also brake the laws in many ways....accept it as it is or go vote for someone else next time.

  • jvwesthuizen1 - 2012-10-24 11:26

    He deserved a life sentence. What does feeling sorry help in ruining other peoples lives. Must we really feel sorry for this gemors because he feels remorse and cried after sentenced. It is time we give life sentences without parole to those who rape, sending out a clear message to the bastards who does these crimes!

  • jud.dax - 2012-10-24 11:39

    Pig, hope you get your own medicine in prison. Cry me a river then..

  • Brian Ntozini - 2012-10-24 11:42

    what???! 'he apologised to the family ... and that shows he is taking responsibility for his actions' really??! dude should rot in jail!

  • noedig.greene - 2012-10-24 12:00

    johny.stront You sound like a brave person would you be so kind and publish your home or work physical addrress on this page please slave master.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-24 12:24

      Lol. I was waiting for this. Sometimes people get brave behind a laptop. You must not let these "unknown" ones get to you. Rather concentrate on the good guys on this site. Yes, there are plenty.

  • shepardshakes.ndlovu - 2012-10-24 12:26

    johny.stront u re real idiot yourself sir . you are a white version of sipho

  • riette.nothling - 2012-10-24 12:57

    I am sick of lawyers beggin lenient senctences for rapists! If it was the lawyer's daughter the would have had to rot in hell but oh please do take into consideration he is a father and still young blah blah!

  • lionel.holder - 2012-10-24 13:08

    skepu your surname should have been skaapu!!

  • Krishna - 2012-10-24 13:28

    Lets show some respect for the victim. Why oh why must race be drawn into every single thing? Rape is rape, corruption is corruption,murder is murder regardless as to whether you are black,brow,purple,white or neon green.

  • tarryn.wood.35 - 2012-10-24 13:34

    I dont care what colour he is !!!! For what he did he should ROT IN HELL

  • Msika - 2012-10-24 13:41

    Only 18 years? Why????

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-24 14:25

      I wanted to ask that question myself. At the end of his sentence, it will have cost the tax payers something in the region of R4 million to keep him behind bars. I'm not too good at numbers......hmmmm Sometimes I think the law is a bit skew here. How can you equate murder, drugss etc with rape? just asking...pondering. Oh my heart goes out to the poor little girl.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-10-24 17:56

    And the black kids that raped the 14yr old still walks free.....The New SA.

  • bless.boswell - 2012-10-25 07:11

    All rapists should hang. Color has nothing to do with it. It is a despicable crime and rapists should pay with their lives. They destroy lives when they rape so too should their lives be destroyed.

  • nathan.buchner - 2012-10-25 07:48

    Don't worry people because his white hell sit the full 18 year sentence!not like our president who also raped and didn't spend 1 day in prison! Eendrag dra mag

      yolande.rwaai - 2012-10-25 08:33

      WTF?! So you're condoning this?! Ever thought how that little girl's life has been destroyed! All you care about is your little agenda! You outta be ashamed of yourself!

      nathan.buchner - 2012-10-25 10:13

      @yolande this is nothing new to the new south africa! I'm not saying this is right what's happened I hope he rots in hell like the rest of them!but its people like that won't do anything about is!while we are speaking another child is being raped in townships even in luxury homes!my point was if our own president can't set an example how could we expect that there won't be crime this country!if this was the old goverment he wouldve been given the life sentence!

  • yolande.rwaai - 2012-10-25 08:41

    Wow, my jaw is on the floor! So some of you are basically condoning this guy's atrocious act all because he's White?! What about that little girl! Your fixation on race has really damaged your logic.

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