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The Limpopo man who sliced the penis of an eight-year-old boy last year was sentenced to 15 years behind bars.
Lucky Simango was 21 when he committed the crime.
Passing sentence Magistrate Marie Viljoen of the malamulele magistrate's court said it was evil at its worst to cut off someone else's private parts.
She said the victim was robbed of his humanity and that he was going to suffer a lot of pain throughout his life. She said he could not bear children of his own after the ordeal.
"In the light of these, I believe it would be good of the court to send a clear message to other people out there that crime does not pay."
The sentence was welcomed by people inside and outside the court with loud cheers except for the boy's father, Thomas Khumalo. He stood motionless in the courtroom when the sentence was passed.
Khumalo said 15 years was tantamount to a drop in the ocean.
"My son was robbed of his manhood. That means he is not going to have children of his own. People who commit crimes such as these should be eliminated from the community for good," he said. Khumalo said the perpetrator would come back and lead a normal life again but his son's private parts would never be returned.
Earlier in the court, Dr Allan Macheke, a medical practitioner at Malamulele Hospital, testified that the boy had suffered a great loss of blood when his genitals where cut off. Macheke said the boy would be fitted with an artificial penis but it would only be for passing urine and not for production.
Simango pleaded guilty to the charges of attempted murder and possession of human body parts in April last year.
In mitigation he regretted his action and told the court he was blinded by greed. He said his uncle had promised him money if he submitted the genitals to him.