Nicholas Ninow's mother: My son's not a rapist, it was a mistake

Nicholas Ninow's mother: My son's not a rapist, it was a mistake

- Chantelle Ninow, the mother of convicted 'Dros Rapist' Nicholas, has spoken out for the first time since last year

- The mother of the convict has accepted some of the blame for the incident which saw her son handed a life sentence

- Chantelle claims that the guilt of failing to do something to curb her child's drug abuse is something she will have to live with

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Chantelle Ninow has spoken for the first time since September last year about the situation facing her son, convicted rapist Nicholas Ninow.

Speaking to SABC, Chantelle responded to being hauled over the coals for using alcohol and illicit substances with her children. reported that Nicholas had recounted how he had encountered CAT, the drug which Ninow had been using on that fateful day, for the first time when his mother encouraged its use at the tender age of 12.

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Chantelle claims to have accepted partial responsibility for Nicholas' actions because of the environment she had exposed him to, including regret over not helping overcome drug addiction:

“I just want my family and my children to know that everything that has happened – that has been negative and bad, the pain that I caused them – I just want them to know I never meant to hurt any of them. I love my son – I love all three of them.”

More disturbingly, Chantelle denied that Nicholas was a rapist, claiming that he had made a 'mistake':

“My oldest son [Nicholas Ninow] is not a rapist. He made a mistake. He just made a mistake. I am sorry to that little girl’s parents and that little girl. I really am sorry. If it was my child I would be so angry. I know sorry doesn’t cut it, but there’s nothing else I can say: I am so sorry.”

Speaking about the actions she could have taken to prevent the incident that saw her son behind bars, the mother commented:

“I always carry that guilt. To think that my son is in jail. to think that that night I could’ve done something for him. But I didn’t. I can’t take it back – there’s nothing I can do, it is what it is.”

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