Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison in AIDS Rape Case
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) _ A man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday after being convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl and infecting her with the virus that causes AIDS. The judge said the rape victim was dying of AIDS in a hospital.
It was believed to be the first case known in South Africa of a rapist passing the AIDS virus on to his victim.
Martin Jooste, 24, and an accomplice, 23-year-old Phillip Rheede, were found guilty of raping the girl last year. Jooste later was discovered to be a carrier of the AIDS virus.
Judge Wouter Rothman imposed the maximum sentence for rape on Jooste while giving Rheede an eight-year sentence.
Jooste and Rheede were acquitted on a charge of attempted murder because the prosecution failed to prove Jooste knew he had the AIDS virus at the time of the rape.
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome is a disease that attacks the body’s immune system, leaving the carrier susceptible to cancer and other diseases. There is no known cure.
In Africa, the disease spreads mostly through heterosexual activity.