n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - Sentencing : recent cases




A number of judgments highlighted the as an important aggravating factor affecting sentence. In 2013 (2) SACR 269 (KZP) 'the accused's conduct has reduced the complainant from an independent farming woman and a leader in her community to someone [who is] ... "mentally disturbed, forgetful and frightened with no self-confidence" ' (at para [60]). The court attached substantial weight to this factor, particularly in the light that the complainant was theoretically old enough to be the accused's great-great grandmother (at para [61]).


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