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Nicholas Ninow testifies he knew what he was doing was wrong

The 22-year-old man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Dros restaurant in Pretoria in September last year has pleaded guilty.

FILE: Nicholas Ninow, the man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in a restaurant bathroom in Pretoria, appears in the Magistrates Court in Pretoria. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

PRETORIA - Nicholas Ninow, accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Dros restaurant in Pretoria in September last year, has pleaded guilty to the charge.

Ninow is standing trial in the High Court in Pretoria.

The incident was met with outrage, with calls for a heavy sentence.

The trial began with the State reading the charge sheet to the court.

Then Ninow’s lawyer read out his client’s plea detailing what happened.

“I realised at the time that my actions were unlawful and that I was committing an offence.”

He also admitted he tried to conceal the crime.

The State has rejected his plea explanation and therefore witnesses are now being called.

It has now called its first witness, a waitress at the Dros.

She has been detailing how Ninow consumed a large amount of alcohol on the day in question.