Teen rapist's life sentence overturned

2012-10-09 10:07

Johannesburg - A Limpopo man who raped his stepdaughter did not deserve a life sentence because the child had probably allowed the sex in anticipation of gifts, the Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled.

Edson Ndou was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2004 by the Limpopo High Court.

According to the 15-year-old girl's testimony he had previously had sex with her, and had given her sandals, underwear and money.

"The fact that she had accepted gifts and money from the appellant (Ndou) must have played a role in her submitting to the sexual intercourse," Appeal Court Judge Jeremiah Shongwe wrote in his judgment.

Judges Lex Mpati, Carole Lewis, Belinda van Heerden and Nathan Erasmus concurred in reducing Ndou's sentence from life imprisonment to 15 years.

‘No screaming or crying’

The girl testified she was asleep in a room with her two younger sisters when Ndou entered and raped her.

"She did not scream or cry. She intended to tell her mother, who was asleep in one of the other rooms, in the morning. She also stated that it was not the first time he had done this," the judgment read.

The mother discovered Ndou having sex with the girl and asked him what he was doing.

"He said that he was waking up the children so that they could go and urinate," Shongwe said.

The mother reported the matter to the police the next day. According to the girl, Ndou had threatened to kill her if she reported a previous rape, and had told her not to tell her mother.

"On the occasion which forms the subject of the present rape charge, it would appear that there were no threats of violence by the appellant," Shongwe said.

‘Life imprisonment too harsh’

The complainant had not suffered any serious physical injury, and had submitted to Ndou without any threats being made. She also had not resisted or screamed for help.

No evidence was led as to the effect the rape had had on the girl, but "it would be unrealistic to think there was none".

Although there was sexual abuse and rape were predominant, life imprisonment was the most severe sentence the courts could inflict.

The severity of the punishment did not match the crime, and Ndou was a first offender.

"In my view the circumstances in this case are such that a sentence of life imprisonment is disproportionate to the crime," Shongwe said.

The judgment was delivered last month.

  • sean.otto.9 - 2012-10-09 10:11

    Why ? .... rape is rape , let the sick f#ck rot in jail.

      jacob.zooma.9 - 2012-10-09 10:18

      I Disagree.

      tshifhiwa.vandermunalisi - 2012-10-09 10:35

      It is inappropriate to give someone life sentence in cases like this, I remember back in the days I dated a 16 year old who looked like a 22 year old. During our conversations I would gather that this is a very immature person, I asked her age and she used to tell me that she is 21. Luckily I was close to her friends who told me her real age, when I confronted her she cried and said she couldn’t tell me her real age because I would leave her. So sometimes this people lie to us and before we know it we are in big trouble.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-09 10:49

      Some people think sex with a minor is not rape, it is still rape.

      commentator.kommentaar - 2012-10-09 11:28

      @ Steen, There is a difference dating a girl that lies about her age and raping a step daughter. He knew how old she was, he was the one that should have protected her and he committed the crime. No excuses. 15 years from now the girl would still have trust issues. Gifts or not, she was a child and he should have gotten the maximum sentence. The ruling implicates that if you molest a 5 year old and can get her to not scream in some sick way it was consensual ?

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-09 11:36

      Huh? Seriously???? WTF?! Sex with a minor is illegal. Klaargef*kkenpraatfontein! Don't know who is more despicable, the judge or the rapist.

      azande.futhi - 2012-10-09 11:39

      @steen, though this a different case to yours, I must say you were very lucky to get away without having been accused of raping the girl by the parents.

      tshifhiwa.vandermunalisi - 2012-10-09 12:02

      @Azande, can you accuse someone of raping even if they did not sleep with that person? When did dating become rape?

      tshifhiwa.vandermunalisi - 2012-10-09 12:04

      @christopher.shining, I suppose you are not a South African but if you are Showerhead is your President whether you vote for him or not.

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-09 12:08 have just proven my point.

      Pixi3kid - 2012-10-09 12:28

      Oh boy... what a can of worms this story opened up! look at it this way... at least he is going to jail! whether or not it was consensual he had sex with a minor and that is punishable by its own. I on the other hand would prefer if there were NO stories like this at all.

      Pixi3kid - 2012-10-09 16:29


      liesure.larry - 2012-10-09 17:10

      Steen maybe in your day and age... Now the kids 16 of age and younger do have sex in their relationship. All of this thanks to media to portray that sexual activity is acceptable no matter what age...

  • vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-10-09 10:13

    "and had not sustained any "lasting or noticeable psychological or physical scars"...i guess she has been busy with other men again for gifts

      michelle.blackie - 2012-10-09 11:15

      Are you really blaming the child, or am I misunderstanding you?

      merry.martin.944 - 2012-10-09 11:46

      @Vambozha: What is wrong with you? The child may not show any signs of any damage - that does not mean that she is not suffering. This is sick. What kind of MEN want to have sex with a child anyway? Perhaps you should be judging the MEN instead of a child. Grow up.

  • teresa.villarini - 2012-10-09 10:14

    Bet he comes out and rapes again! Disgusting !

      jayjay.mlungu - 2012-10-09 10:55

      It is equally disgusting that she had consensual sex with him previously but got charged this time because he didn't pay up! She should also be locked up

      teresa.villarini - 2012-10-09 11:03

      Even though she had sex with him before, its the same as you have a boyfriend and you have sex and he buys you roses and chocolates then you break up and he wants sex and she says no so u just take it ? When a woman says NO it means NO not ok so just take it.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-09 11:09

      jayjay: The Law in this case is there to protect the minor, for the simple reason that minors can make immature / silly decisions, they can be persuaded and coerced into doing the wrong thing because they're immature. That's why the adult will be charged, and the frame of mind of the minor should have no bearing what so ever in the case. It all revolves around the adult who should show strength of character, maturity, integrity, and actually just plain civilised moral decency. As adults we're supposed to know better and protect children. This case sets a very dangerous precedent and I believe once again degrades our Law just a little further when in fact we seriously need to tighten up, not slack off. But then again, SA.........

  • ana.curcic - 2012-10-09 10:16

    So if a five year or two year old is repetedly raped and given sweets, according to our judiciary, nolasting harm and a lenient sentence for the rapist....God help us all!!!!!!!!

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-02 13:46

      Rape is rape. She is a child and he should have known better, dirty SOB. The sentence must befit the crime and he raped her. This unfortunately happens in a poor community where poverty is such that the children will sleep with the elders in order to get a few rand to buy things they need. I can never understand how another person in that room does not hear noises and become aware of what is happening. Wonder if he has touched rhe other two kids, bet he has. You were wrong to reduce that sentence, what if it was YOUR daughter how long would he have been jailed then?

  • Alan - 2012-10-09 10:16

    So if you rape someone and give her a little pressie afterwards, then it is not as serious!!! Remember that rapists!!!

      jayjay.mlungu - 2012-10-09 10:59

      She was 15! not 5 or 2?

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-10-09 11:07

      Of course, ask our president. She slept over and got breakfeast. After he showered of course.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-09 11:11

      The Law in this case is there to protect the minor, for the simple reason that minors can make immature / silly decisions, they can be persuaded and coerced into doing the wrong thing because they're immature. That's why the adult will be charged, and the frame of mind of the minor should have no bearing what so ever in the case. It all revolves around the adult who should show strength of character, maturity, integrity, and actually just plain civilised moral decency. As adults we're supposed to know better and protect children. This case sets a very dangerous precedent and I believe once again degrades our Law just a little further when in fact we seriously need to tighten up, not slack off. But then again, SA.........

      delish7564 - 2012-10-09 18:23

      @ Jayjay. Regardless of age it is still rape. Also, it wasn't the first time, so it is just plain WRONG!!!

  • pmbadenhorst - 2012-10-09 10:19

    SUE the UNION! its their fault

  • keith.recore - 2012-10-09 10:22

    you have got to be kidding???

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-10-09 10:27

    this man should have known better, what kind of a grown man will sleep with a 15 year old,nxa

  • dan.ledwaba.5 - 2012-10-09 10:27

    This is sick. Having sex with a 15 year old is rape as far as I know, doesn't matter if she allowed it or not. The responsibility lies with the adult to not do such a thing. By reducing his sentence is disgusting. Teenagers can not make educated decisions yet. This court must then let 15 year olds sign contracts, vote, drive cars, work 45 hrs a week. Disgusting...this court did not follow the law.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-10-09 10:29

    Judges Lex Mpati, Carole Lewis, Belinda van Heerden, Jeremiah Shongwe, and Nathan Erasmus - your REALLY are SICK AND NEED HELP! 15years? This is just as well as taking a child to be a grown man's wife, what the hell is the difference between what he did and what the so-called "husbands" did? What are we fighting for regarding children's rights. Your a bleddie insult and a disgrace to society and children!! Even though the rape of a child WAS a very serious crime WAS? WAS? Is this not a crime anymore then and did the child not cry the first time?? So much for the so-called justice system that is suppose to protect our children!

      sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-09 10:41

      This judgement has just soured my whole day! Sometimes silence

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-09 11:16

      We're seriously going backwards here. It just seems that the Justice system applies tremendous energy and is hell bent to find the loophole in a case even at the expense of all legal principle & logic.

  • Sean O'Brien Snr - 2012-10-09 10:30

    WTF!? Just yet another sign where we are headed in SA! The justice sytem is a joke!

  • john.bhekimuzi - 2012-10-09 10:31

    He should had been killed

  • john.s.stalwart - 2012-10-09 10:33

    The lawyers smoke pot,if it wasn't rape it should have not been reported and the man would have not been arrested nd then charged with rape,as per the statement of these lawyers it's clear that the law trespassed the man's dignity by incarcerating him for doing what he use to do with his minor girlfriend,how then is this a crime? He should sue the department of justice for indignity...

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-09 10:45

      Sex with an underage girl is rape, this is the law.

      moeletsicecil.pheta - 2012-10-09 11:19

      I think that some people misunderstood your sarcasm. Thats why they disliked your comment.

      delahvonne - 2012-10-09 11:46

      You degenerate, if I had such ignorant views, I would rather not put a comment where everyone can read it. Are you a child rapist too?

      john.s.stalwart - 2012-10-09 16:10

      Wel Moeletsi u got me right,i am not degenerate or a rapist whatsoever,only if you understood my comment you'd be saying something else bt that's not what I sought aniway. I know that for that man to have sexual intercourse with an underage is rape,i chose to speak connotatively to simplify my comment;what I meant is,if the lawyers say becos of the gifts that the gal got from the abuser then they consider reducing the man's jail sentence and give him parole also,how then is that rape,shouldnt it be called a sexual misbehavior of anada term like fornication or adultery? I am not defending the man but I only want to understand how the lawyers got to defend the man using the law inappropriately so,i mean if one had a sexual relationship with anada person in exchange for gifts then that makes it clear that the matter at hand was mutual and consensual,but if one cries rape then rape it should be treated as but not the way around and looking at this matter it's clear that the guy used to forcefuly tear the young gal's undergarments and her sandals wich might have teared when she tried to flee and replaced them with new ones wich he used defencefuly as gifts of wich are not but a cover of circumstances[a man can tear a woman'skirt apart in the proces of forced sex and replace it thereafter and becos of vulnarability the woman wil have to put that on of wich the man can turn and say it was a consensual sex in return of a high priced gift and it can be bought in court] ,i hope u get me now...

      delahvonne - 2012-10-10 02:03

      My apologies for misunderstanding. Gifts and toys and clothes are given to children by fathers, stepfathers, uncles. It does not give them leave to sexually abuse or assault a child. How can a female judge condone this sentence, I understand that men are not always aware of the devastating effect on woman or children. I think the only man that would really understand what it is to be raped, would have had to go through such an ordeal, where you are not strong enough, physically or emotionally to defend yourself. Even worse if the monster is in the same house with you and abuse you again and again, especially a stepfather.

  • Patrick Shongwe - 2012-10-09 10:34

    He deserves to rot in jail!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-09 10:43

    OMF - i am flabbergasted!

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  • lskosana3 - 2012-10-09 11:04

    I am shocked beyond words!! This man was clearly taking advantage of a young, naïve, under-privilleged girl for his own twisted sexual satisfaction!! The justice system of this country ai

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-09 11:06

    rapists should shot.

  • J.A.Rademan - 2012-10-09 11:09

    So now you are allowing statutory rape with reduced sentencing. Crazy stupid!!!

  • amy.mcsithole1 - 2012-10-09 11:16

    Im lost for words!

  • Notrax123 - 2012-10-09 11:21

    Rape is Rape. Sex with a minor is statutory rape, that means sex with a minor, with their consent or even the parents consent is still rape. I hope he is raped good and solid in prison, and given a lethal injection in his ass. Proving once again that the people, not the courts metre out the fitting punishment.

      Wally Walters - 2012-10-09 11:27

      how old must a child be to consent to sex 5 10 or 15 justice must make up their mind

  • kgothatso.matlala.568 - 2012-10-09 11:22

    I'm not a Law scholar and might not understand some technicalities. But for the judges to say \she did not scream\. Who knew that not screaming during rape is an offense and will actually give the criminal an upper hand? Well maybe the sentence was harsh, but for the judges to use such silly arguments to overturn the sentence. Someone should teach us the public on how to protect ourselves. Excuse us that we missed LLB 101, our system protects offenders than victims.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-09 11:32

      You're right. The actions/non-actions/reactions of the female minor should have absolutely no influence on the case. This Law was created to protect minors for the very reason that they are 'minors' and not mature enough to make rational decisions.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-09 11:23

    If I understands the law correct a 17 year old boy is not allowed to have sex with a 16 year old girl as he is underage. She can go to jail for raping him (Girls may have sex from 16 years old and boys from 18).

      Gerhard Mostert - 2012-10-09 11:28

      wrong again deon . rather keep quiet

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-09 11:51

      So correct me Mossie.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-09 12:00

      Mr.Mostert - I need to point out that you have no grounds for authority here in telling people to 'rather keep quiet', 'refrain from.....' etc. On these pages people are free to express their views / opinions, right or wrong, informed or not. Perhaps you should refrain from fooling yourself into thinking you have this 'authority'. Nothing you have said is particularly profound or thought provoking anyway, in fact your comments so far are rather insignificant.

  • Leboo Ls - 2012-10-09 11:24

    mxm instead of increasing de sentence,they reducing it.dis bastard dsnt have morals.

  • achaava - 2012-10-09 11:24

    this guy does not need to die for his crimes...simple solution...cut off his man parts....thats what all rapist need in this country...castration is the wasting time and no anisthestic..let em feel the pain and truma when they violated their victims why shud theirs be respected

      achaava - 2012-10-09 11:40

      Grehard... Rape is rape...espcially in a case of a minor..even if she submitted..she does not know better...on the other hand if a woman of age decides to solicite sex for favours with goods and wat notllthen that is her own business being a issue is with human rights being some countrys...the family of the rape victim line the rapist against a wall and blast him with machine guns..some just chop off the man part...and in those countries rape is a rare south africa its become a normal thing to hear of chop and its more rape problems, forceful or statutory

      merry.martin.944 - 2012-10-09 11:41

      @Gerhard: You are one sick puppy, mate.... Did you not READ the article? this was a 15 year old girl raped by her STEPFATHER. Her STEPFATHER. Since when does giving your child/stepchild (or any other child, for that matter) gifts entitle you to have sex with her? As a parent myself, I frequently have to buy my children underwear, sandals and I also give them money.... Does this entitle me to sexually abuse them? You are sick, mate - get help.

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-09 11:25

    This utopia of second chances given to criminals is half the problem with society today. I do understand that people fear being wrongly accused, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, being associated with the wrong people, but this all at the end of the day is what 'survival of the fittest' is all about. People need to learn to 'walk away' from potentially harmful situations. It should be every man's responsibility that he respect the law. This man through sheer weakness has failed and should face maximum consequence---even if the girl begged for it...he is wrong !!!

  • Gerhard Mostert - 2012-10-09 11:26

    big chief rather refrain from commenting if you cleary do not have sufficient legal knowledge to support your opinion

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-09 11:33

      State your view of this case Mr.Mostert. It is my opinion a pathetic outcome and an absolute travesty of Justice.

  • thabang.mashego.1829 - 2012-10-09 11:32

    This bastard took advantage of this girl he is supposed to be a father to this girl instead he goes and sleeps with her in exchange for material things of which he was supposed to provide her with in the first place the fact that she didnt scream means that she was scared not that she wanted it

  • Paddy - 2012-10-09 11:51

    And these people are called judges?

  • johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-10-09 11:52

    Wow, what a judge. How did you get that job?

  • delahvonne - 2012-10-09 12:03

    I agree Iskosana, this is so sad, not only for our justice system but also comments made here by some backward people against our children. It seems there are so many men not realising the responsibility they have towards a child. To rape a child that doesn't know she can say no, not that is would have helped, is wrong, gifts or no gifts. He knows what he did was wrong. For those men who are seducing young girls that doesn't know better, they should hang their heads in shame and embarrassment, are they so inadequate that they can only relate to immature young girls?

      lskosana3 - 2012-10-09 12:13

      Seriously!!! They should try that with women their own age, if some scum bag ever dared try this with my baby I'd kill him before the cops get to him

      teresa.villarini - 2012-10-09 14:05

      And to make it even worse it was her stepfather! Good lord ! I would kill the bastard myself !

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-10-09 12:04

    FFS - he threatened to kill her if she told. she is still a child. Fked up justice system.

  • Genesistt - 2012-10-09 12:07

    Oh my dear God in heaven. I'm speechless. Seriously?!?!?! They go for the "she asked for it, so it's ok" ruling? That's it. We need another flood. God, please, this human race is beyond redemption. Just wipe us out now.

      Bluemoscow - 2012-10-09 12:12

      Are you mad why do you want to die with us all. If you tired of living go commit suicide and let us continue with our lives. Religious really messed up your mind you need to get some profesional help before you kill your whole family and yourself

      Genesistt - 2012-10-09 12:40

      @Bluemoscow I am not messed up by religion or suicidal. What I am is furious! I'm sick and tired of reading these horror stories that are becoming more and more commonplace by the day. Do you have any idea how many kids are being raped in this country on a daily basis?! And to have a panel of judges come together and say that what this man did was ok sickens me to the core! When is it going to stop? When is the world as a whole going to stand up and say enough?

  • shaun.feldtmann - 2012-10-09 12:18

    The mere fact that the girl accepted the gifts is enough reason for me to accept that he never raped her, but that the mother of the child pressured her to say it was rape.... The fact that she does not show any emotional signs means that she purely done it just for the gifts (I.e prostitution).. The man was wrong to have any form of sexual contact with the minor but yet if it was lead on by her then I believe the man is within his right not to get a life sentence.... I assure you I'm not for rape, I would like all rapists to be killed by lethal injection, or be dismembered, but our justice system took away the death penalty for very obvious reasons.... This little girl should go to a correctional facility for prostitution to. She is old enough to know what is right and wrong.

      merry.martin.944 - 2012-10-09 13:22

      @Shaun: She is 15. Even if she accepted gifts, even if she shows no emotional signs, hell, even if she instigated this, it is still rape. She is a child. He is an adult, not only an adult, but her step-father. He is supposedly a "trusted adult" in her world. She is a child. He is an adult. A very sick one, who deserves the maximum sentence possible, not a reduction in sentence. As for your comment that she should be sent to a correctional facility - what is wrong with you? She gets abused by an adult, and then get punished for being abused? Seriously, what is wrong with you?

      charmaine.castleman - 2012-10-09 19:19

      I totally agree with Shaun. He should have pleaded guilty on statutory rape. It is clear that she consented to the sex, because the mother opened the case. Many people are shocked and concerned that a 15 year old girl will concent to sex in exchange for gifts, but it seems to be the ordianary these days. I know of 9 year old prostitutes in Sebokeng. It happens people. This man clearly do not deserved life sentence. This is reserved for vicious, brutal and gang rapes.

      delahvonne - 2012-10-10 01:42

      Young girls accept as a matter of course gifts from step fathers, uncles, etc, it stil does not make it acceptable for him to subject her to sex. he was there to protect her as her stepfather and he used his position to commit a terrible crime. What emotion do you want her to show Shaun, I have seen a 9 year old black child with her head cleaved open and the blood kept on spurting out. This little girl sat their with a stoic face and answered when you talked to her. Black children have a resilience that is admirable but that does not mean she does not have trauma and experience all the other symptoms. Sometimes break downs come a year afterwards, that is why woman and men go for rape counceling, how much worse would it be for a 15 year old?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-09 12:23

    Do they have double cells? Than the judge can join this sorry excuse for a human there. Bah!.

      kenny.bianco.7 - 2012-10-10 07:15

      He must send his daughter to him

  • denise.wilshire - 2012-10-09 12:40

    Adult v.s. CHILD! What a load of rubbish. Who protects our children? Gifts or no gifts the child is under the protection of the adult. EXPLOITATION AND SEXUAL ABUSE. First time offenders where sex is involved are rarely re-habilitated. As for NO LASTING psychological damage, well that remains to be seen. Give the PREDATOR a life sentence!

  • karla.vanzyl.108 - 2012-10-09 13:22

    This is one of the most disturbing articles I have read in a long time.

  • sanet.redgard1 - 2012-10-09 13:22

    WTF?! Previous threats had been made, just because he did not make them again and again did not change anything, he should rot in jail sex with a minor is rape!!

  • richardnealejohn.underwood - 2012-10-09 13:32

    PRE 1994 statutory rape was having sexual intercourse with a girl of under the age of 12 years. There was another charge for over 12 . That was : Having sexual intercourse with a female of under the age of 16 yrs. I know of several cases where girls got pregnant at 14 & 15 and they applied for special permission from the minister to marry. The boys were below 18 . I dont know what mature men would have got . FOR STRAIGHT RAPE (UNDER 12 OR without extenuating circumstances a hanging was the order of the day . I abide by the Judges ruling .....15 years is after all one hell of a long time .

      kenny.bianco.7 - 2012-10-10 07:21

      Ppl like u must be watched around our children

  • jennifer.s.nutt - 2012-10-09 14:20

    Are you serious???

  • nevergrowupgirl - 2012-10-09 15:34

    These judges are pathetic individuals who need help themselves!!! If a person says NO, it means NO. Do they not think that she feared for her life??? Does the report not say he threatened her??? Of course he will deny deny deny it... And getting "gifts" from this sick pig doesn't mean she wanted it, he probably used it to shut her up. It is a sick game he played, as abusive people do...abusing her for his own pleasure, then buying her "gifts" to try and make up for what he did. Gifts don't bring back a child's innocence and life, and just because she apparently accepted them, doesn't mean it was "payment" either. She probably din't even know what to do with the so called "gifts". There is no such thing as a child sleeping in bed at night, "just begging to be touched like that', or begging to be violated because of the shorts they wear, or their pretty hair. It sickens me that justice has failed a young girl by letting her paedophile stepfather go on only 15 years. There is no cure, and upon his release, he may well do it agian to a family member... She will be suffering for the rest of her life... it may not be physical pain she suffers, but she will have issues for the rest of her life. Makes me sick!

  • sibusiso.mkoko - 2012-10-09 17:25

    When the young New Zaeland rugby players were accused of raping a SA woman not so long ago, certain people came out in defence of the perpetrators. Today 2 young ppl have consensual sex, and the male is persecuted and hated so much. Why the double standards mara ma fellow Africans? Why?

      deon.jansevanrensburg.58 - 2012-10-09 19:12

      Well maybe that is because the charge against the rugby player obviuosly had no substance. Even consensual sex with a minor is against the law - it is called rape. Get it?

  • DrJAKunzmann - 2012-10-09 19:36

    Sex with underage girl is rape fullstop. No gifts or not complaining or the weather or whatever excuse can be thought up should detract from that. Increase the sentence a la Cwele to 110 years!

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-10-09 19:47

    Hence South-Africa is the rape capital of the world. Even the Justice system degrades the severity of the crime.

  • brian.ritchie.716 - 2012-10-09 21:14

    A Fifteen year old still falls under statutory rape which in the days of old carried the death sentence. Sheesh, looks like our judiciary is becoming a joker of note. One judge sees the fairness of sentence and another sees it differently? How so? Luring her with promises of gifts is even worse from someone she has to look up to and give respect.

  • rixile.brilliant - 2012-10-10 01:01

    Our judicial system is not consistent..

  • kenny.bianco.7 - 2012-10-10 07:08

    I am not a law expert, bt statutory rape and incest deserv life sentence, accepting gifts? She was a child, every child likes to accept gifts, where are the Women and Childrens Rights Activists. I'm very disappointed

  • kenny.bianco.7 - 2012-10-10 07:19

    Why does the article say \Teen rapist...\ why not \ Minor rapist\ or \ Statutory rapist\? That's why ppl take law into their own hands

  • jolenevanniekerk - 2012-10-10 14:33

    WTF is wrong with our, so called, "justice system"? He was clearly grooming her!!