Eight life sentences plus 60 years for rape
JOHANNESBURG - The harshest ever sentence in a single rape case was yesterday imposed against two men who raped two on-duty female paramedics in Roodepoort two years ago.
Judge Sharise Erica Weiner sentenced Richard Luruli 30, and Michael Khorombi 28, to 60 years imprisonment and eight life sentences for repeatedly raping the two paramedics who had gone to Durban Deep informal settlement to attend to a burnt child in 2010.
The two men also assaulted and forced a man who was passing by to also rape the two women.
As she passed sentence, members of the South African Municipal Workers Union who filled the court ululated and clapped in joy.
Among them was Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini who said he hoped this sentence would send a strong message to ‘scoundrels’ who keep attacking civil servants.
"These offences cross the boundary of humanity. The psychological trauma and loss of dignity these victims suffered have left them with deep wounds," she said. Judge Weiner, spoke fiercely about how the rape had affected the country as a whole and has many civil servants fearing for their lives. The judge also lashed out at Luruli and Khorombi for showing no remorse for their actions.
Luruli and Khorombi will serve an effective 35 years as the numeric years run concurrently before starting to serve the eight life sentences.
What a painful story but a very good example has been displayed by this sentence. Yebo yes.
Jul 20, 2012, 2:28 AM, S Ndabezitha
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