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Paedophile dance teacher gets life in jail

2012-10-31 22:18

Johannesburg - A Khayelitsha paedophile was given three life sentences on Wednesday for raping seven girls, the SABC reported.

Lawrence Gagu's name would now be recorded in the National Register of Sex Offenders.

The 44-year-old dance teacher was found guilty earlier this month on seven counts of rape, sexual grooming, and three counts of exposing young girls to pornography

The crimes took place between 2009 and 2010 when some of his victims were only 7-years-old.

The court heard how he instructed the girls to remain behind after the lessons before raping them.

Judge Nonkosi Saba said Gagu had abused the trust of the girls, some of whom were orphans.

"[Given] the lack of remorse on his part as well as other factors, it is my view that he is a danger to society and there is an urgent need for him to be removed from society for a long time," Saba was quoted as saying.

Comments
  • sally.lewitt - 2012-10-31 23:29

    Let's hope 'life' means 'LIFE' and not 6 months..

      sally.lewitt - 2012-11-01 00:49

      Those giving thumbs down, actions SPEAKS louder than words...!

      vicki.malatse - 2012-11-01 07:19

      Don worry he's going away forever,life means 6months only if you are connected to the ANC#lol

      Chris - 2012-11-01 09:09

      3 x 25 years = 75 years minimum

  • frank.c.cruz.98 - 2012-11-01 06:32

    Same should also apply to anyone found ''GUILTY'' of Rape!!!

  • Chris - 2012-11-01 09:11

    should be named and shamed , the down side is that the innocent are exposed.

  • mikaelapace - 2012-11-02 11:04

    Our only way to avoid crime and recover from it is to stand together. Victim Support Network (VSN) is a non-profit initiative to do just that; to give you a voice to vent your frustrations and share your solutions to crime. www.facebook.com/victimsupportnetwork We all know that there is political pressure to under-report crime; but we don't have to be victims of that either!! Who better to tell us what the current crime trends are than the latest victims of crime; and this is not just about getting those emotions out - we urge victims to tell us what they would have done differently to avoid what they endured. Please visit VSN with your stories and visit VSN regularly to stay on top of trends, to give us your solutions; your practical strategies and tools so that we make life intolerably difficult for criminals

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-07 06:41

    Here we go again a minute ago I read of the principle raping 11 girls. Families, parents PLEASE have dicussion time in your home either while at the dinner table or while doing the washing up. You have got to get your kids to talk openly with you. This terrible crime will go on unless it can be nipped in the bud. Expose the bastards

  • Charmaine Bergström Pretorius - 2013-10-09 10:47

    Finally, we can start feeling positive about the future for young children in our country as justice is being served. If one thinks of the pain and suffering those girls felt and the feeling of wanting to just die one can only hope and pray that this demon will get to experience the same.

  • Lizelle - 2013-10-09 12:25

    Hello Justice! What a sick man. To take advantage of innocent children. These sentences should be given more often to sexual offenders.

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