Ac­tion call af­ter sex acts with dogs

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS - SHAIN GERMANER

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?’ “.

PIC­TURE: DIMPHO MAJA/ANA

Jaco Pi­eterse, in­spec­tor of the Sand­ton SPCA ,is look­ing for a new home for Blackie af­ter she was abused by her own­ers’ neigh­bour.

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