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May 03, 2005

Child abuse sentence 'too lenient'

Child abuse watchdog groups say a suspended sentence handed down to a 45-year-old man who pleaded guilty to having s ex with a minor was too lenient, reports The Star. In terms of a plea bargain agreement reached in the Pretoria Regional Court, the man must pay R10 000 for psychological therapy for the girl and undergo treatment himself. The psychologist must file quarterly reports on his therapy with the prosecutor. He was also sentenced to a year's correctional supervision. He was sentenced to a fine of R1 000 or six months' imprisonment on the charge of breaking a bail condition when he contacted the girl after his arrest. Child Abuse Action Group spokesperson Nanana Mathebula-Mngomezulu said the court had been too lenient with the man, who was guilty of statutory r ape. People Opposing Women Abuse director Delphine Serumaga echoed this, saying that whether the girl had consented to s ex or not, it was still r ape.
Full report in The Star


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