Monday, August 16, 2021

Appeal denied for man who raped lesbian while quoting he would" make a woman out of her"

A 45-year-old man who beat and raped his neighbor in 2017, tried to make an appeal at the Western Cape high court over his life sentence but was rejected.

Albro McLean a confessed tik user had previous convictions which ran between 1992 and 2012 which included cases of theft, drug related offences, housebreakings with intent to steal and robbery. In 2015 he was given a five year imprisonment for sexually harassing a minor.

Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority in the Western Cape, Eric Ntabazalila, said the perpetrator said he would “make a woman out of her” when he became aware she was lesbian

Ntabazalila said after the ordeal, the woman tried to kill herself and also began self-harming. When the community heard about the rape, the woman was pressured into withdrawing the case. Some residents even threatened to hurt her. State Advocate Liezel Scholzel, said rape was a serious offence - it was humiliating, degrading and a brutal invasion of privacy and dignity of the survivor.

Deputy Judge President Patricia Goliath and Pangarker AJ dismissed his speal saying they needed to send a message that “corrective rape” was a hate crime, and a serious form of gender-based violence.


by Everngelista Muza

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