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NPA: Postponement of rapist Ninow’s sentencing not a delay tactic

The High Court in Pretoria has found self-confessed rapist Nicholas Ninow guilty of rape, being in possession of drugs and defeating the ends of justice.

Nicholas Ninow (foreground) awaits judgment in his rape trial in the Pretoria High Court on 16 September 2019. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

PRETORIA - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said the postponement of sentencing proceedings in the Dros rape trial to next month should not be seen as a delay tactic.

On Monday, the High Court in Pretoria found self-confessed rapist Nicholas Ninow guilty of rape, being in possession of drugs and defeating the ends of justice.

However, he was acquitted of assault.

He raped a seven-year-old girl in the bathroom of the Dros restaurant in Silverton, Pretoria, in September last year.

The postponement of Monday’s proceedings has angered many who were present in court to witness the verdict.

Among those who are disappointed is the African National Congress Women’s League Tokozile Xasa.

But the NPA’s Phindi Louw said Ninow’s counsel was entitled to be granted time to prepare for pre-sentencing.

Pre-sentencing is expected to begin on 16 October.

WATCH: Calls for life sentence after Nicholas Ninow found guilty of rape

HE MUST PREPARE FOR LIFE IN PRISON

Anti-abuse group Not in My Name has welcomed the conviction of Ninow, saying it would not accept anything less than life behind bars.

Not in My Name said now that Ninow has been found guilty of sexually assaulting the young girl, he must prepare for life in prison.

The group's Themba Masango said: “What we are looking for is that on 16/17 October there is a sentence of life imprisonment that is going to be given to Ninow.”

Masango said people like Ninow could not be reintegrated into society: “Whether you are black, blue or white, it doesn’t matter.”

He also warned political parties against politicising the case, saying the trial was about justice.

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