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Ninow’s grandmother: I wrote a letter to the victim’s family

Pauline Gericke finished her testimony on Thursday morning during the second day of mitigation of sentencing in Nicholas Ninow's rape trial.

Pauline Gericke, the grandmother of convicted child rapist Nicholas Ninow, gives testimony in mitigation of sentence at the High Court in Pretoria on 16 October 2019. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey/EWN

PRETORIA - Nicolas Ninow's grandmother has told the High Court in Pretoria that she sympathised with the family of the seven-year-old girl who was raped by her grandson.

Pauline Gericke finished her testimony on Thursday morning during the second day of mitigation of sentencing in Ninow's rape trial.

Ninow raped the little girl in a toilet cubicle at a Dros restaurant in September 2018.

Gericke said she wrote a letter to the victim's family.

“I have a document on my computer where I talk to the parents and the child and I pour my heart out to them. The document is something that has been written over the last 13 months.”

Gericke said she wanted to apologise to the girl and her family.

“With all due respect, I don’t see how my grandson can get mercy because I would like to talk to the parents and to the child. That is a personal thing between me, the parents and the child, it has nothing to do with the court proceedings.”

WATCH: Ninow's grandmother: There is another side to Nicholas that is not the Dros rapist

'NEVOURS AND ANXIOUS'

A forensic social worker then took the stand and told the court that during her session with the victim, the little girl was anxious and nervous while she recounted how Ninow violated her.

Forensic social worker Caren Botha prepared a victim impact report for the court after her consultation with Ninow’s victim last year.

She told the court how the little girl had nightmares about the day she was raped and how images of Ninow go through her mind before she goes to bed.

“She elaborated by indicating that she still has an image of the accused: ‘I see him when I go to bed, I try not to imagine him and what he did to me. I just try to fall asleep.’ From the information that I received from the victim, she still has memories of the accused.”

The defence has wrapped up its case.

WATCH LIVE: Nicholas Ninow's sentencing - Day 2

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