Dros rapist Nicholas Ninow, 21, was jailed for life on Thursday.
He was also sentenced to a further five years in prison on a charge of possession and use of drugs and another five years on a charge of defamation. These sentences will be served in tandem with the life sentence.
The court had previously heard that drugs and alcohol had a bad influence on Ninow’s behavior and mental state. Ninow apologized for his actions in a poem to his victim and in a letter to her family.
Ninow was convicted of raping a seven-year-old girl twice in the women’s toilets of the Dros restaurant in Silverton, Pretoria.
Mosopa said Ninow planned the rape. Ninow was also convicted on a charge of possession and use of drugs, as well as legal defamation for trying to flush the girl’s pants in the toilet.
Adv. State prosecutor Dorah Ngobeni said Thursday that the Constitution and the Children’s Act are the rights of a child of paramount importance and there are no reasons Ninow can cite justifying a lighter sentence.
She says what happened to the girl will haunt her forever. The girl gets nightmares, Ngobeni told the court.
She also mentioned the physical injuries sustained by the girl during the rape.
Ngobeni said the girl was tiny. Just by looking at her, Ninow would have known she was a child, not a young girl or teen. The girl weighed only 21kg when she was raped.
Ngobeni said substance abuse is not a reason for a lighter sentence. “Why should drugs and beverages be considered a mitigating circumstance for someone who raped a child?” Ngobeni wanted to know.
While most people in the High Court in Pretoria spontaneously jumped up and started singing and dancing, Nicholas Ninow’s grandmother cried reports on her arms after Judge Mokhine Mosope sent him to life imprisonment for raping a seven-year-old girl.