Action call after sex acts with dogs
THE link between animal abuse and other criminal activities has been highlighted by numerous international studies and one South African NGO has questioned why the courts are still so lenient with local offenders.
This week, two horrific cases involving the sexual abuse of animals have re-entered the media spotlight, prompting Women and Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA) to call for the harshest possible sentences for the perpetrators.
On Thursday, a man appeared at the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate’s Court accused of allegedly raping his 41-year-old helper and then forcing her to perform sexual acts on his dog. According to SAPS spokesperson Captain Mavela Masonda, the 45-year-old employer allegedly dragged her into a room in his home, raped her until the early hours of the following day and then continued the abuse by forcing her to sexually abuse his dog.
Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Deliwe de Lange was horrified by the incident, assuring the victim and her family that the police “will ensure the suspect is brought to justice and, if found guilty, (he) must pay dearly for his evil and barbaric acts”.
On Thursday, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane-Louw said the accused had abandoned his bail application and the case had been postponed to February 5.
Meanwhile, this week an Alexandra family was forced to apply for a protection order for themselves, the animals and children in their area. This was after a man who admitted to raping their dog was given a suspended sentence at the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court.
On October 15, Fanroi Mochachi was caught raping 8-month-old Blackie, a cross-breed female, in the yard which he shared with the dog’s owners in Alexandra. The owner. a child, and his uncle heard the dog crying, went to investigate and discovered Mochachi in the act. They subsequently turned him over to the police.
Just days later, the 45-year-old was taken to the Alexandra Regional Court where he pleaded guilty to charges of bestiality.
The father of six was put to shame by Magistrate Syta Pretorius, who insisted that the offence to which he had admitted was “serious, unnatural and barbaric”.
“Worse still, is that you are married and a role model to your six children. It is upsetting that you will be expected to engage sexually with your wife,” she told Mochachi.
She concluded by saying that Mochachi’s actions and that of others like him – who have uncontrollable desires to sleep with any female, child or dog – were truly shameful and had to be stopped. However, in a surprisingly lenient decision, Pretorius sentenced Mochachi to a five-year prison sentence, though it would be wholly suspended for the next five years. Effectively, this meant Mochachi was free to return to his home, which has gravely unsettled the family who own Blackie.
While the family are still putting together their protection order application with the help of WMACA and the Sandton SPCA, the NGO has uncovered numerous international studies to show that those who inflict harm on animals – sexually or physically – are likely to re-offend.
According to a legal journal article from 2001 by Mellisa Trollinger, the link between animal abuse as a stepping stone to child abuse, domestic abuse and even murder is undeniable.
“The largest battered women’s shelters in 48 states were questioned about their experience with domestic violence, child abuse and animal abuse. When asked the following question, 85.4% of the 48 shelters answered ‘yes’: ‘Do women who come into your shelter talk about incidents of pet abuse?’ Moreover, 63% out of 46 of the shelters answered ‘yes’ to the following question: ‘Do children who come into your shelter talk about incidents of pet abuse?’ “.
Jaco Pieterse, inspector of the Sandton SPCA ,is looking for a new home for Blackie after she was abused by her owners’ neighbour.