Horrific rapes relived in court
Two paramedics were accosted - sadly, one was served with divorce papers by her husband after the rape
A PACKED Johannesburg High Court relived the horrific rapes of two paramedics when the presiding judge began to hand down her judgment yesterday.
The packed public gallery at court 2B yesterday heard Judge Sharise Weiner giving details about how the women were laughed at by their perpetrators, forced at gunpoint to perform oral sex and to exchange underwear after they were raped.
The two paramedics, one of whom was served with divorce papers by her husband after the rapes, were attacked by three men on the evening of March 5 2010 in Durban Deep, Roodepoort, after responding to an emergency call.
The women were treating an 18-month-old burn victim when three men pounced, robbing them of their cellphones and cash before dragging them to an open veld where they took turns raping them.
The two accused, Richard Tshifhiwa Luruli, 29, and Michael Khorommbi, 30, maintained their rights to remain silent and tendered no plea on 15 counts including rape, sexual assault, robbery with aggravating circumstances and possession of unlicensed firearms with ammunition.
The hearing continues today.