Convicted rapist Nicholas Ninow writes poem to child victim
The convicted drug rapist Nicholas Ninov collapsed on Wednesday in the dock of the Supreme Court of Pretoria when he remembered his rape of a seven-year-old girl.
“This is something I have to live with… I made a mistake. I deliberately did these things to her. I knew what I was doing. I was in a different state of mind. There were no emotions.”
Ninow said: “I was in different mindset in my life. I couldn’t get physical with anyone sober … ”
The 21-year-old was convicted of rape last month. He was caught naked with the child on September 22, 2018, in the bathroom cell of the female toilets in a Dros restaurant in Silverton, Pretoria.
On Wednesday, as he testified during the criminal trial, he said he was struggling to face the challenges of his life.
He read a poem intended for his young victim and told the court that he had prepared a letter for her family.
Ninov said he wanted to apologize to his son for being born during his detention and said he knew what it was like to grow up without a father. The child was born in December.
He also apologized to his ex-wife and grandmother who supported him in court last month when he admitted guilt.
“My grandmother is my idol and my role model,” he attested. “She’s always managed to make me see the better part of me. That is why I managed to finish school. I love her.”
Ninov testified about his difficult upbringing and drug addiction.
He said he started taking drugs when he was 13 years old. He was struggling with a lot of anger. He went to rehab and said he was feeling good. He relapsed and consumed both drugs and alcohol in the days before the rape.