Prisoner Gets Record 110 Years for Rape

THE chances that former Keetmanshoop resident Quinton Pieters would ever leave prison as a free man again were severely diminished yesterday, when he was sentenced to an effective 110 years’ imprisonment on charges of rape and attempted rape.

“[On] the available evidence I have formed a clear view that the accused is a considerable danger to women and young children,” Judge Naomi Shivute said when sentencing Pieters in the Windhoek High Court.

Pieters (34), who is already in the process of serving a 53-year jail term on charges of murder, rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances, “preyed on innocent children and women” whom he raped or tried to sexually violate while they were going about their daily business, the judge said.

“He applied physical force on them and viciously raped them. The accused has got no conscience. To this day he has shown no remorse for what he has done,” she commented.

Judge Shivute sentenced Pieters to three 45-year prison terms on three counts of rape. Ten years of each of those sentences were suspended for five years.

Pieters was further sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on a charge of attempted rape, and to a two-year prison term for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, with the last sentence ordered to be served concurrently with the five-year jail term for attempted rape.

The effective prison term of 110 years imposed on Pieters surpasses the previous record sentence of 105 years’ imprisonment that farm massacre convict Sylvester Beukes received in November 2011 at the end of his trial in the High Court in Windhoek.

Beukes, who was convicted of murdering eight people – including a pregnant woman and her two children – at a farm between Rehoboth and Kalkrand in March 2005, was sentenced to prison terms totalling 395 years. With Judge President Petrus Damaseb having ordered that some of the sentences be served concurrently, Beukes received an effective prison term of 105 years.

Judge Shivute said she was taking into account that Pieters had a long list of previous convictions for offences ranging from malicious damage to property, theft and housebreaking to robbery with aggravating circumstances, rape and murder.

The judge told Pieters: “Rape is a serious invasion of a person’s privacy and dignity. It is a serious violation of a person’s human rights and it cannot be condoned as it has no place in our society. The effect of rape has serious consequences to the victims as they will always live with the trauma. Therefore, it calls for severe punishment.”

Pieters was found guilty of having attempted to rape an 11-year-old girl at Keetmanshoop on 20 August 2004, assaulting and raping a woman at Keetmanshoop on 21 June 2005, and raping a 13-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy at Keetmanshoop in two separate incidents on 27 October 2007. He denied guilt on all the charges.

The 53-year prison term that Pieters is currently serving emanates from the killing of a teacher, Magda Maas (55), in her house at Keetmanshoop in early November 2007. Pieters and a fellow resident of Keetmanshoop, Albertus Cloete, were arrested on the day Maas was found murdered in her house. Both of them were later convicted of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Pieters was also found guilty of having raped Maas.

In terms of the Correctional Services Act of 2012 Pieters will have to complete the 53-year sentence before he starts serving the 110-year term of imprisonment.

Defence lawyer Titus Ipumbu represented Pieters during his trial before Judge Shivute. State aocate Karin Esterhuizen prosecuted.

Source : The Namibian