Nicholas Ninow found guilty: Here’s what he has been charged with
Almost one year after Nicholas Ninow committed a crime of unspeakable horror, justice has ultimately prevailed for the seven-year-old girl he sexually assaulted. The Dros Rapist can now expect to face a long time in prison after he faced judgement on Monday morning.
There was a white-hot atmosphere inside the courtroom before the judge and the guilty party arrived. Scores of people had taken their place in the dock, with many others protesting outside. EFF members had gathered to support the victim, hoping that a guilty verdict would be handed down.
Nicholas Ninow found guilty: What charges has he been hit with?
Here’s what Judge Mokhine Mosopa decided:
Nicholas Ninow is guilty of rape.
He has also been found guilty of possessing drugs and defeating the ends of justice.
However, a fourth charge of assault – where he was accused of hitting patrons with a belt buckle – hasn’t been upheld, and he has been declared innocent on this particular matter.
Dros Rapist: The long road to justice
It brings 12 months of anguish towards a conclusion. The defendant is likely to launch some form of appeal against any sentence once handed down, but the patient wheels of justice were able to turn in the right direction – despite a few obstacles along the way.
Nicholas Ninow was the subject of a huge debate about a defendant’s anonymity. The general rule is that the accused cannot be named until they’ve entered a plea, or at least responded to the charges brought against them.
Ninow went a full calendar year before pleading guilty. It took NPA intervention to lift naming restrictions on the perpetrator in 2018.
Furthermore, Ninow was also sent to Weskoppies for a psychiatric evaluation.
Given his previous struggles with mental health, it was believed that the defence were readying an “insanity” plea. However, he was found fit to stand trial back in March and he returned to court earlier this month.
Devil in the detail – Nicholas Ninow damned by the evidence
After pleading guilty last Monday, Nicholas Ninow attempted to blame his actions on “impulses” beyond his control. The defendant argued that there was no pre-meditation to his crime, but that version of events was lambasted by the state – and disputed by the victim herself.
Showing courage that belied her young age, the girl Ninow targeted last September told the court that he followed her into the bathroom. The prosecution have argued that the convicted rapist was lying when he said he grabbed her instinctively, and instead, stalked the girl before entering the bathroom.
The depravity of this act was laid bare in court last week. Vivid descriptions of the aftermath and crime scene photos unmasked the extent of the vile incident, and seemingly, condemned Ninow to decades behind bars.
What happens next?
It looks like both the defence and the prosecution will be afforded time to prepare their arguments for sentencing. On 16 October, court will resume as both sides present their cases for how long Ninow should spend behind bars.