Paramedic rapists get 8 life sentences

2012-07-19 14:43

Johannesburg - Two men who raped two paramedics were handed eight life sentences each by the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Richard Tshifhiwa Luruli, 29, and Michael Khorombi, 30, raped the two paramedics when they responded to an emergency call to help a toddler with burn wounds in Durban Deep, Roodepoort, in March 2010.

They were found guilty of robbery with aggravating circumstances, unlawful possession of a firearm, eight counts of rape, and two counts of compelling another to commit a sexual offence.

The eight life sentences for rape would run concurrently. They also received 35 years for robbery, compelling another to commit a sexual act, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

"The 35-year sentence will be served separately and will not run concurrently with the eight life sentences for rape," Judge Sherise Erica Wiener said.

The number of rape counts stemmed from various forms of sexual assault the two men had been charged with.

Their lawyer, Mohale Lebea, told the court that Luruli and Khorombi, both unemployed, had one child each. The children lived in Venda with their mothers.

Prosecutor Phumeza Fhutshane asked: "How can fathers do such horrific crimes? Their children will have better lives with their mothers and relatives, not with them."

The two also have previous convictions. In 2007 Luruli was convicted of robbery and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Khorombi was convicted of theft, housebreaking, and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm in 2004.

Fhutshane said the burnt toddler was robbed of the last help she could have received that night. She said one of the victims, identified only as "Miss T" had told her how her daughter had become detached from her since the crime. She was served with divorce papers soon after the rape.

"The second victim, Miss R, says she and her husband are still struggling to cope and move on."

  • clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-19 14:47

    Geez... These people are not human! How can you call out emergency workers and then rape them? It's beyond f%&king sick!

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-19 14:48

      How they ever took the shape of a human being is beyond me...

      RabbleRouser - 2012-07-19 14:54

      Let the scum rot in jail. They must stay there for a very, very long time.

      lourens.erasmus2 - 2012-07-19 15:00

      The article is a bit vague, the emergency workers responded to the burn emergency but while busy with the child the men(animals) came and raped them. As far as I remember it was in the back of their ambulance.

      procold2 - 2012-07-19 15:01

      so if the article is corrcet these guys will die in jail this is exellent newsbut why not bring the death sentence back for crimes like these why should the tax payer fit the bill for this scum, it is obvious that the courts think they will never be rehabilitated, just kill them, hope it happens in jail

      Peek - 2012-07-19 15:04

      It's actually not fair sending them to jail, we the tax payer now pay for them the rest of there lives. They should get the death-penalty ... pity it's not used anymore.

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-19 15:07

      I'm liking what I'm seeing regarding sentences for rape nowadays :-)

      junaid.jacobs.79 - 2012-07-19 16:20

      Who the F@$k gave this comment a 2 thumbs down? Why!??! Does it mean they feel sorry for these animals???

      willie.uys - 2012-07-19 16:35

      @Bobilus: So what!! Wherever it took place it was a crime against humanity so why treat them like humans!! Jail is too good for them. The death penalty is the only option.

  • Hermann - 2012-07-19 14:51

    Caramba - that is justice done well!

      Squeegee - 2012-07-19 15:40

      There has been some good news today. Harsh sentences, lowering of interest rate. Nice.

  • chris.summers.3954 - 2012-07-19 14:52

    I like this Judge, good job indeed, no mercy for this scum.

      Anthony - 2012-07-19 15:21

      far better to just kill them -scum

  • Gavin - 2012-07-19 14:52

    and yet that sack of $hit in Cape Town that killed 10 children, got ten years ????

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-19 15:17

      No, it is 20. (You are talking about the taxi driver that collided with the train?)

      godesha - 2012-07-19 16:28

      Mpho, you need serious help.

  • npretorius2 - 2012-07-19 14:59

    We need the death penalty! Prison doesn't seem to deter these monster. I bet after about 10 executions rape stats will drop significantly!! I bet their mothers won't even miss them.

  • lorrainesuh - 2012-07-19 14:59

    Heartless idiots, Hang them by their balls

  • mimi.ngqulana - 2012-07-19 15:02

    A death sentence wld have solved a possible Moyo scenario 4rm these barbaric fools...!

  • ken.rowe.509 - 2012-07-19 15:02

    Well done Judge Wiener. No chance of parole for these scum.

  • - 2012-07-19 15:02

    Thats what i call Justice, not very different from death penalty, weldone judge, Rapists and Robbers i hope u regret doing it unfotunately u r not cuming out anytym soon

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-19 15:04

    Justice prevails sometimes..... Give this Judge a bottle of Johnny Blue!

  • brytzishiri - 2012-07-19 15:05


      tinus.versfeld - 2012-07-19 16:32

      Life doesnt mean...for the rest of the persons in prison is the equivalent to 25 years. Thats why you get sentences that say 3 life sentences. Come on wake up!

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-07-19 15:06

    Good news for a change, hopefully they will be raped in jail by an HIV inmate to put the last nail on their coffin, sick bastards.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-19 15:08

    Q waste of tax payers money feeding these "things" everyday!!!!

  • Nicorien Le Roux - 2012-07-19 15:08

    Sleg moere!!!

  • jody.beggs - 2012-07-19 15:10

    Good keep up the good work. A little advice , if the bastards get 8 life sentences , put them to death , they don't deserve another chance. Damn the man.

  • rob.baggaley - 2012-07-19 15:11

    Who knew what evil we were going to have to contend with. What goes through their minds to even contemplate, yet alone act upon these urges. We have huge problems with the mindset of many of SA's people.

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-19 15:16

      Manfred??? What has offended you boet?

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-19 15:18

      I'm assuming when Rob says they, he's referring to violent criminals in general.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-19 15:20

      Thats twat dickhead NOT twart.

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-19 15:31

      Rob, i had to withdraw that, sorry heh! It was uncalled for.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-19 15:36

      I was referring to the types of people who are continually responsible for the overwhelming majority of these heinous crimes along with murder, hi-jackings, torture, theft...Hence my earlier statement..." Who knew what evil we were going to have to contend with. "

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-19 15:42

      No worries manfred. I never take offence or try & have comments removed.

  • anita.sardieelton - 2012-07-19 15:17

    Sentences for rape are definately getting better. Its just a shame that the poor paramedics have also been handed a life sentence as they have to live with what was done to them. Its just sick really!

  • fdalana - 2012-07-19 15:19

    vhado lata.they must rot in jail.

  • mduduzi.nkosi.311 - 2012-07-19 15:23

    now their turn to get raped inside.

  • dylanswanie - 2012-07-19 15:29

    at least they will be put to use in a prison cell. I will be sure to send some soap. At least they got nailed with a massive sentence ( rather they die of dehydration somewhere in a desert)

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-07-19 15:31

    Animals like these two should not be allowed to live. Its in their head. You will never be able to rid them of it. This rehabilitation rubbish they try in prison works on a very small scale. These people know what they are doing. Just let a few people beat them to death and see how this rape sickness decrease rapidly. You will save more people from trauma if such a deterrent is used

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-19 15:32

    They don't deserve human rights, they need to be shot like the dogs they are.

  • rvbrink - 2012-07-19 15:32

    Any rape is F%&king sick and deserves at least castration

  • ambauli - 2012-07-19 15:41

    The death sentence was made for situations such as this. Now these animals are going to be provided for, for life at our expense.

  • Chris - 2012-07-19 15:43

    Give Judge Wiener and Prosecutor Fhutshane a Bells!!! Life sentence to be followed up by the 35 years!!

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-19 15:44

    Why should we, the citizens of SA, carry the costs of keeping this filth in prison. Hang the rotten bastards and save us a fortune that could be put to better use educating children, feeding the poor and providing homes for the poor. Our taxes are wasted on feeding this scum!

  • Matthew - 2012-07-19 15:50

    Thouroghly dissapointed in the husband that filed for divorce. I have no place to preach,not being through anything of this magnitude (but fear it everyday of my life) But his wife now Ex went through this the most,not seems selfish that he bails out."Through sickness and in health" mean anything to you? remember your vowes? My heart goes to these woman. As for the animals that did this.why in the good lords name has the death penality not been brought back for scum like this??? it used to send a message to these kind of they fear nothing and do anything they so please,no matter how many live's they kill or destroy.

  • nicolelovelock - 2012-07-19 15:54

    great sentence !!!

  • thys.reeder - 2012-07-19 15:55

    I hope the powers that be take note of this and end the idiotic no-weapons policies. As sheeple they are quick to ostrich and make BS judgements, a luxury EMTs dont have.

  • sello.mapeka - 2012-07-19 15:58

    I salute the judge

  • Michael - 2012-07-19 16:03

    8 life sentences - should be the gallows but at least sitting in jail for 600 years or so should give these sub-species time to learn the true meaning of that Johnny Cash favourite "Ring of Fire" Oh, but hang on a minute, here comes Jacob with another general amnesty.....

  • Felix Njewa Kankhukwa - 2012-07-19 16:04

    sentence well done!

  • alu.ntsandeni - 2012-07-19 16:05

    It doesn't get sicker than this

  • natascha.morton.7 - 2012-07-19 16:05

    If only all rapists and murderers got life sentences!

  • milton.msomi - 2012-07-19 16:22

    kuyanyiwa la,bhasobha ingalo yomthetho.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-19 16:23

    At least we can all unite and agree on this one.

  • barend.wasserman - 2012-07-19 16:23

    What a load of rubbish! So if they die the first time they will be woken up to start the next life sentence? Hang these barbaric criminals instead!

  • godesha - 2012-07-19 16:27

    Good, scum like this should be removed from society permanently. At least one case this week where justice was served.

  • sycomachinery - 2012-07-19 16:51

    I don't think it's a good sentence, what's the use of 8 life sentences if they run concurrently? Even murderers don't get that, these guys will appeal and they will probably only get life. They will be out in about 15 years.

  • siphom.mngadi.7 - 2012-07-19 18:03

    Kufunakala ama judge anjena ke angancengi

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-07-19 18:29

    Give that Judge a 'Bells'.. Hope this sentence serves as a warning to the 'scum' rapists out there. You will spend the rest of your miserable lives in prison and rot there...

  • elmarie.viljoen.7 - 2012-07-19 19:14

    Well done to Judge Wiener. Need more of you in our courts!!

  • bheki.shabangu.10 - 2012-07-19 19:58

    Give that judge a bells! Cheers...

  • terence.barnard.1 - 2012-07-20 00:03

    Death penalty! those poor woman has to live with this tauma for the rest of their lives while thos scum stay in jail with tax payers money!

  • sazi.radebe - 2012-07-20 06:59

    How can one add to the trauma by divorcing his wife after she experienced the worst pain a woman could endure???

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