In the pursuit of leading full lives, the mentally challenged rely on the trust and compassion of others. Yet, there are individuals who prey on the disabled, abusing their trust in order to satisfy their sordid desires.
This follows the sentencing of a 23-year-old man from Okiep in the Northern Cape, who faces 18 years’ imprisonment for raping a mentally challenged man.
Police spokesperson, Captain Sergio Kock explains the incident occurred on March 22, 2018. The perpetrator, Ricardo Magerman, had invited the victim to his home, under the pretence of watching movies.
However, his motives were much more sinister. Once in his home, Magerman forced the mentally challenged man to perform sexual acts.
Following his subsequent arrest, Magerman was found guilty in the Springbok Regional Court and sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment.
Brigadier Mills, the provincial head of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit in the Northern Cape applauds the investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Bianca Parring, of the Springbok FCS unit for her thorough investigation and ensuring the perpetrator was put behind bars.
As the perpetrator faces jail time, do you believe 18 year’s imprisonment is a fair sentencing for rape? Do you believe harsher penalties need to be put in place for sex offenders? Share your views and thoughts with us in the comment sectionbelow.