I've hurt her, Ninow testifies

JOHANNESBURG - Convicted rapist Nicholas Ninow testified on Wednesday in mitigation of sentence.

He broke down as he explained events leading to up to him raping a 7-year-old girl.

Ninow assaulted her in the bathroom of a Dros restaurant in Pretoria last year.

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"It is difficult for me to describe what happened at that moment," he testified.

"It is something that breaks me every day. It is something that I have to live with every day. It is something I can't take back."

Ninow told the court he feels angry and hopeless and said even prison inmates and guards look down on him.

Ninow's grandmother also took the stand, offering an emotional apology to the family of his victim.

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Pauline Gericke says she knows her grandson is sorry for raping the seven-year-old girl at a Pretoria restaurant last year.

A clinical psychologist -- who does not want to be identified -- testified that Ninow was an angry frustrated kid, given to bursts of rage and self-harm.

She said Ninow was severely abused as a child.

"Nicholas is not just the Dros rapist, there's a good side to him," so says Nicholas Ninow's grandmother Pauline Gericke.


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