Mpumalanga man jailed for raping brother

Mbombela - A mentally ill man was sentenced to 10 years' jail by the Nelspruit Regional Court on Tuesday for raping his 16-year-old mentally handicapped brother.

The 36-year-old man from Matsulu, outside Mbombela, Mpumalanga, was found guilty of rape, a Sapa correspondent reported.

"What makes it harder is that you did not show remorse and the victim is mentally impaired, which means it would be hard for him to say yes or no to whatever happens to him," said Magistrate Willie Wilkens.

The crime took place on 30 April 2011 and the man was arrested on 5 May that year. He was not given bail.

Wilkens told the court the man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his younger brother, had followed his brother to his room and raped him.

The magistrate said rape victims lost their dignity and remained traumatised from the ordeal.

"Once you rape a person, he or she does not see his or her dignity anymore," said Wilkens.

The court heard the rapist suffered from a mental illness, but was stable when he took medication.

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Siyakha Siya Ess Mabona 2014-08-19 11:14:09 PM
We are near to the end of this world.....
truthbetold221 2014-08-19 11:38:49 PM
Am I the only one thinking "Voldemort"?
Mervin Skeef 2014-08-20 03:17:30 AM
news24 writers take no pride in their jobs,doneven think they read what they write.
Akhenaten 2014-08-20 06:26:45 AM
A real no-brainer.
Fortunate Mbizi 2014-08-20 06:49:58 AM
The same thing is awaiting him.
Thina Mapipa 2014-08-20 07:12:12 AM
HOW SICK CAN ONE BE?? IF YOU CAN HURT YOUR OWN BLOOD, WHO IN THE HELL DOES ONE THEN TRUST!! HE SHOULD ROT IN JAIL AND POSSIBLY GET HIS MENTAL STATE CHECKED TOO.
Corus Mabulwana 2014-08-20 07:21:59 AM
How do you expect remorse from a mentally ill person? Or I'm not reading the story well. The way I understand as the report says, both the victim and the rapist are mentally ill, unless if we have a real editorial challenge with News24!
Philani Willie 2014-08-20 07:22:56 AM
Everyday I read Rape in Nelspruit Regional Court.
Ceba Mlandu 2014-08-20 08:30:45 AM
Had he raped his little sister he would have been given a longer sentence. Inconsistency
Kabelo Mpitimpiti 2014-08-21 10:09:37 AM
I'm really tempted to laugh now...