PMB man sentenced to life for rape

2015-02-18 15:47

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Pietermaritzburg - A man who raped an elderly woman was sentenced to life plus 20 years imprisonment in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Wednesday.

Judge Anton van Zyl said that Mdududzi Phenyane, 33, had planned to rape the woman, 74, as he had stripped naked and fitted a condom while she was in her bathroom.

He attacked the woman in her granny flat in August 2012. Her family in their adjoining home were out at the time.

The woman spent four days in an intensive care unit with kidney and breathing problems as a result of being hit and kicked.

A pair of scissors was found which Phenyane had used to stab the woman.

Van Zyl said she had suffered life-threatening trauma both physically and psychologically.

Phenyane had shown no remorse which seemed to indicate that he had little potential for rehabilitation while in jail.

The life sentence was not disproportionate to the rape.

Phenyane also stole the woman's sewing machine, R400 and her cellphone.

All sentences run concurrently with the life term.

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