Paramedics' rapists are found guilty
Women were attacked when they responded to an emergency call to help a toddler
Two men were found guilty of raping two paramedics by the High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday.
Judge Sherise Erica Wiener convicted Richard Tshifhiwa Luruli, 29, and Michael Khorombi, 30.
They raped the two women paramedics when they responded to an emergency call to help a toddler with burn wounds in Durban Deep, Roodepoort, in March 2010.
The pair was also found guilty of robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm, and compelling another to perform a sexual assault.
The men had tried to force a 20-year-old passerby to rape one of the women.
On Wednesday, the judge said the evidence of Luruli and Khorombi was contradictory and evasive, whereas the account given by the State’s witnesses was credible and they corroborated one another.
The judge has handed down eight life sentences each.
The eight life sentences for rape would run concurrently.
They also received 35 years for robbery, compelling another to commit a sexual act, and unlawful possession of a firearm.
“The 35-year sentence will be served separately and will not run concurrently with the eight life sentences for rape,” Judge Wiener said.