Pastor is sentenced for rape
Newcastle Pastor Boy Nkosi, 54, was on Monday jailed for 10 years for raping a 15-year-old girl he had duped into coming to his home.
Pietermaritzburg High Court Judge Nic van der Reyden found compelling circumstances allowing him to deviate from the prescribed life sentence for the rape of a minor.
Van der Reyden said the girl was physically fully developed and might have been sexually active before the rape. The girl also said during the trial she had been prepared to let bygones be bygones.
The victim had not suffered permanent physical injuries or long-term trauma. Her family had tried to negotiate compensation for the rape, but Nkosi had denied that he had raped her.
Newcastle regional Magistrate T C L Colditz earlier found Nkosi had duped the girl, whose father had died and whose mother was in Durban, to come to his home to fetch things which belonged to her mother. He raped her in a bedroom.
Colditz referred the case to the High Court for sentence.
Van der Reyden said there might be “an uproar” that he had not imposed a life sentence but, he added, each case had to be judged on its own merits. – Sapa
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