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Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison in AIDS Rape Case

January 24, 1992

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.

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