- The second day of sentencing in the Dros Rape trial has drawn to a close
- Judge Mokhine Mosopa has handed down the long-awaited sentencing in the debacle
- Nicholas Ninow, the accused in the matter, learnt his fate today
Judge Mokhine Mosopa has concluded the second day of sentencing arguments in the Dros Rape Trial, handing down life in prison.
Mosopa sentenced Ninow to life imprisonment for rape, five years for the possession of drugs and five years for defeating the ends of justice, with the total span of his prison sentence spanning life plus five years.
State prosecutor Advocate Dorah Ngobeni argued that, due to the nature of the crime and the young age of the victim, the court should use the opportunity to make an example of the high-publicised trial.
Ninow's attorney put forward that his difficult upbringing could not be ignored as a contributing factor in the matter.
Briefly.co.za reported that Ninow had detailed a life filled with abuse, alcohol and drug addiction, claiming that his first experience with drugs had been with his mother, aged 13.
Speaking on behalf of the victim, a forensic social worker revealed that the 7-year-old girl saw Ninow in her nightmares, wearing the same red shirt as he when the incident took place.
The child had spoken of her fear that her identity would be revealed and she would be forced to leave schooling and lead a sheltered life.
Through the testimony of the expert, the court heard how the victim had felt 'confused' when she had needed to appear, terrified of the large hoodie she had used to conceal her face.
Ninow was visibly upset by the testimony detailing the horror his actions had caused, crying during the social worker's address.
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