Dros & 'white privilege' dominate as social media reacts to Nicholas Ninow's testimony

Nicholas Ninow testified at the Pretoria high court on Wednesday.
Nicholas Ninow testified at the Pretoria high court on Wednesday.
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Convicted Dros rapist Nicholas Ninow dominated Twitter during sentencing proceedings on Wednesday, with many weighing in on his testimony.

Ninow admitted to having intentionally raped the seven-year-old girl at a Dros restaurant in Pretoria in September last year. He said that during the incident he was in a dark place in his life and that he felt no emotion about what he had done.

Convicted Dros rapist Nicholas Ninow testified in the Pretoria high court on October 16 2019. Ninow was found guilty of raping a seven-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Dros restaurant in Pretoria in 2018. His testimony formed part of arguments in mitigation of sentencing.

The court heard from psychologist Marina Genis, who said Ninow had a “chaotic” childhood during which he suffered abuse and neglect. She said Ninow could be rehabilitated if he adhered to psychiatric treatments. 

Ninow recited a poem to his victim and apologised for his actions.

The testimony drew mixed reaction, with many saying the case was an example of “white privilege”.

Here're some of the reactions:

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Convicted Dros rapist Nicholas Ninow was sentenced in the Pretoria high court on October 17 2019. Judge Mokhine Mosopa sentenced Ninow to life in prison for the rape of a seven-year-old child in September 2018.

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