- The sentencing hearing has, at long last begun in the Dros Rape trial
- Nicholas Ninow was found guilty of violating a young child in the bathroom of a family restaurant
- Now the infamous rapist is set to learn his fate after an emotionally draining trial
The nation was enraged when video clips, depicting an unstable Nicholas Ninow covered in blood, gave some insight into what happened the day he claimed his victim.
Briefly.co.za reported that South Africans had called for the harshest possible sentencing after Ninow violated a 7-year-old in the female toilets of the establishment.
Judge Mokhine Mosopa began hearing sentencing on Wednesday, hearing the background of the accused in the matter.
Testifying ahead of his sentencing, Ninow claimed that he had been on his way to work when he had passed by a dealer that would give him drugs on credit. He explains that he had been on a three-day binge when the incident happened.
He told the court that he had abused illicit substances from as young as 13 and had been on depression medication for many years, News24 reported.
Ninow claimed that his mother had given him his first taste of 'hard drugs', saying that she was more of a sister to him than a mom because of her young age when she had him.
He went on to say that he struggles to forgive himself for what happened, alleging that he would never have committed the heinous crime if he had been sobber.
After completing matric, drug-free, Ninow went on to work as a salesman but had resigned twice due to substance abuse.
His relationship with his finance was broken off three months ago, with his 10-month-old son meeting his father for the first time in a visit arranged by a social worker behind bars.
A psychologist detailed Ninow's history of suicide attempts, self-harm and his time in institutions where he was treated for addiction and mental illness.
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