Nicholas Ninow, the convicted rapist, will apply for leave to appeal against his conviction and life imprisonment.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane confirmed on Wednesday morning that when his application is heard in the Pretoria High Court on Friday, he will appeal against the verdict and sentence.
Ninow was convicted in September 2019 of raping a seven-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Dros restaurant in Pretoria. The rape happened in September 2018.
Ninow pleaded not guilty to the charges of rape, obstruction of justice and drug possession, but it was rejected by the state.
Ninow argued that he first used drugs in the restaurant’s bathroom before raping the girl.
In his ruling, Judge Mokhine Mosopa rejected that version and found him chasing the girl into the bathroom and raping her.
Ninow was sentenced to life in prison for the rape. He was sentenced to a further five years in prison on a charge of obstruction of justice and another five years for drug possession. Ninow must serve his sentences concurrently.