Robber apologises for raping tourist

2011-12-07 12:30

Cape Town - The leader of a robbery gang who raped a Camps Bay resident’s friend during a two-year crime spree has apologised, saying he was drunk at the time.

The Cape Times newspaper reported that Luis Momadi, 29, apologised to Wolfgang Westendorf for raping his friend, while testifying in mitigation of sentence in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

Westendorf, sitting opposite the witness stand, covered his mouth with his hand as Momadi spoke.

Momadi, Arnaldo Faife, Rogerio Laice, Sabastine Okele and Thamsanqa Mafuyawere were behind a string of crimes carried out in Camps Bay from 2006 to 2008.


Last week the five were convicted on a variety of charges. They are yet to be sentenced and Tuesday's proceedings focused on mitigating and aggravating factors.

Momadi, who said he was a father of three and worked as a mechanic on a farm in Philippi, testified that he had confessed to raping Westendorf's friend on November 2, 2008.

Along with Faife and Laice, they broke into Westendorf's home that night, beat, gagged and bound him and his friend. Momadi then took Westendorf's friend to another room and raped her.

On Tuesday Momadi was quoted as saying by the Cape Times: “I'm aware that what I've done is a very big mistake.

“I believe (Westendorf's friend) is not coming to SA again because of that night and I’m very sorry. I was under the influence of alcohol.”

The woman left the country after being raped and did not want to return.

“I believe as well that she's still traumatised… Up to now, since that night, I'm not feeling comfortable. Of course I won't be happy if such a thing happened to one of my family,” Momadi said.

  • Smanga Zwane - 2011-12-07 12:41

    He must castrate himself to show how sorry he is...

      rbczovczov - 2011-12-07 19:54

      If he is really sorry he should have excused himself from society by committing suicide.

  • Cuba - 2011-12-07 12:41

    Blaming the substance for your barbaric behaviour? Bull, you're a sick individual, who like all rapist, should be executed in order to spare the tax payers from having to keep your worthless hide alive.

  • Flynn - 2011-12-07 12:41

    No matter how much lies you can speak now - your actions at that time speaks louder than the words that come out of your mouth. You should be given life in jail together with your co-accused. You'll tormented people for 2 years, if you'll never get caught - you'll would have rape more women and children. Lucky I am not the judge

      barry.mcbride - 2011-12-07 13:18

      Yes I agree, which reminded me of these: "What you are shouts so loudly in my ears I cannot hear what you say." (Ralph Emerson) "I cannot hear what you say for the thunder of what you are." (old Zulu proverb)

  • Tommy - 2011-12-07 12:44

    so sick and tired of saying it!!! death penalty... death penalty... death penalty. no other way of preventing this type from ruining our country.

      Sharon - 2011-12-07 13:08

      I agree with all my heart the the death sentence must come back

  • TheWatcher - 2011-12-07 12:45

    Alcohol is not an excuse for anything

      timmy.ditsele - 2011-12-07 14:35

      my thoughts exactly. i have been drinking the stuff for a long time and when i am drunk i stay away from girls/woman to avoid any misunderstanding the following some one said let him castrate himself to show how sorry he is.

  • Sharon - 2011-12-07 12:46

    Oh Wow! So lets all start drinking and do horrible things and then we can just apologize!

      Rob - 2011-12-07 13:28

      Sure, but you'll go to jail. The apology doesn't exonorate him of his crime.

      Marion - 2011-12-07 13:41

      @Rob - It doesn't exonerate him but will probably lead to a lesser sentence 'cos he 'showed remorse'... I hope the woman manages to get over the trauma in time although I am sure she will never forget.

  • Henry - 2011-12-07 12:46

    Yet another scumbag looking for sympathy...failures like these should be removed from society..permanently.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2011-12-07 12:46

    Sick alien - and why does it take so long for justice to be served!? Every single case that goes to court takes forever . . . always postponements, really quite pathetic!!

  • Lana-May - 2011-12-07 12:48

    ag boooo freakin hooooo! Throw this junk in jail!

  • Bigrp - 2011-12-07 12:51

    This is the problem in this country; nobody wants to take responsibility for their actions, and always blame something or someone else...the "leaders" do it, so then why should Joe Soap not do it too!

  • Omrisho - 2011-12-07 12:51

    drink and rape, smoke weed and murder... wtf, bs!!!

  • Sunshine - 2011-12-07 12:59

    alcohol is no excuse !

  • nonceba.motsisi - 2011-12-07 13:07

    I agree with Jacques, cut off this bloody thing of his, NXA. The deed is already been done why apologise hhaaaa...

  • ItsJustaRide - 2011-12-07 13:09

    And what about all the locals you (most probaly) raped?

  • Johnnys_Place - 2011-12-07 13:09

    Their surnames sounds very foreign... more illegal immigrants to shame our country !!??

      Lungani - 2011-12-07 14:10

      What will you say if their surnames did not sound to you Mr know it all foreign?.Should crime be linked to race or nationality or rather the person who comitted the crime?. We are so racist and xenophobic in every possible issue

      Johnnys_Place - 2011-12-07 14:43

      Dear Lungani... then go read They ARE foreigners and who mentioned race, or did you perhaps make a racial connection when I mention the word "illegal immigrants" ?? I'm not xenophobic, but hate the millions that flood our country and end up doing crime, and in this case RAPE... (not stealing food because of hunger) !!

  • realbradallen - 2011-12-07 13:14

    throw away the key!

  • Ramotlhantsweng - 2011-12-07 13:28

    Go to the nearest hell and ask him for apology. While you are there I hope you burn slowly while the images of your victim flashes infront of you and victims having the last laugh. I should probably be rotting in jail because I drink so much, but I have zero body count, zero rape victims, and guess what: ZERO CRIME.

      Mannie777 - 2011-12-07 15:20

      Agreed. By this "appology" will the court take this into account?? I hope not!! Jub Jub also feels very sorry (and actually crying like a baby AND at the same time denying his guilt in it, might i add!! - for KILLING those school kids while racing in his mini cooper, but it shouldnt have ANY effect in sentencing these criminals!! I only mention this because all to often courts will decide "well, you see, he actually felt remorse therefore we'll impose a lesser sentance" - this is utter BS!

  • Marion - 2011-12-07 13:38

    What does it help to apologise to the friend? She is the one who was raped. The guy was burglarised. Sorry is always too late although I suppose in this case it is better than not being sorry. But then again lawyer probably says apologise and you will get a lesser sentence. Sorry, but I'm kind of cynical about people's motivations for doing things when they have their backs to the wall.

  • yummyhamster - 2011-12-07 13:44

    They say that the stuff people say when drinking are what actually lays in their heart.Alcohol brings out the real a "mistake" if those things where there to begin with it will always be there. This tumor in the human race only said what he did because he is looking for sympathy. I have witnessed thieves being arrested and they are arrogant and PROUD of their crime until the moment they get arrested when they start apologizing profusely to the victim hoping they will be enough of a sucker to not press charges. In prison he will "brag" about raping a white woman.The mentality of these people are always the same.

  • Janice - 2011-12-07 13:58

    Clever lawyer told you what to say!!!!! You are a pig and always will be!!

  • Lynn - 2011-12-07 14:01

    Send them all to jail. Sorry is not enough. They will do it again.

  • rvbrink - 2011-12-07 14:04

    Flowingriver you are an idiot. Apartheid has been gone for more than 20 years. What has apartheid got to do with rape in any case? You should go and see a pschcologist because you are suffering from a seious case of verbal diahorrea and pea brain sindrome.

      Lana-May - 2011-12-07 14:53

      ag no, not another "blame everything on apartheid" moron... its in the past, build a f*cking bridge!!!

      Kevin - 2011-12-07 16:27

      @Flowing river...your initial comment has been removed,obviously due to some nasty racist bile you managed to spew out.Wake up "buddy"...your hatred towards us only strengthens our resolve to survive amoungst you ignorant mooifaaiedes and prosper.

  • Heather - 2011-12-07 14:08

    And I wonder whose fault it was he was drunk! I suppose somebody else is to blame for that too! He can't be sorry if he blames alcohol which he consumed himself! May the curse of Aids bestow itself upon him in jail.

  • Gavin - 2011-12-07 14:10

    This isn't a crime you can say you're sorry for committing and then get on with your life. In days gone by, this crime was punishable by death - it should still be punishable by death. Rape scars the soul and scorches the flesh. If you do this, you should be hung by your neck from the nearest pole and your flesh should then be fed to wolves.

      rvbrink - 2011-12-07 14:37

      Why do you want to kill the wolves??

  • Gemma - 2011-12-07 14:10

    Real men don't rape.

  • Bruce - 2011-12-07 14:17

    please do us all a favour. if you commit one crime and apologize people might believe you are sorry. when you go on a 2 year crime spree the only thing you are sorry about is getting caught. these guys are always big and tough until they get caught.

  • Theunis - 2011-12-07 15:02

    only because you where caught you savage...

  • Christo - 2011-12-07 15:17

    @flowingriver. To stay out of jail I willsay anything in mitigation. Words are hollow and empty. Completely worthless!

  • Zanele - 2011-12-07 15:22

    I don't think i have ever been angered by an apology in my life before than I am now. Silly man, he's only apologising just so he gets less sentence...bloody savage!!! this one must definately rot in hell, rape is deliberate.

  • Michael - 2011-12-07 15:32

    Jeez fellows, at least give him acknowledgement for expressing remorse which is something we never see from our criminals. If it is genuine, it is a far better attitude than being totally unfeeling about it. It is not about trying to undo the dreadful deed or making it go away, and he still has to suffer the penalty.

  • Kevin - 2011-12-08 13:45

    Castrate him...You took something from that woman that can never be replaced.Feel how it feels!!

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