Slagoffer Chanelle McCrawl brutaal aangerand, gemartel, verkrag en vermoor – verskillende dade . Sterkte aan die familie, en mag sy in vrede rus. Sy het soos elke ander slagoffer wat deur hom gebruik is, dit nie verdien.
Wat ‘n hartseer tragedie wat nooit moes plaasgevind het nie. Hoeveel ander slagoffers in Suid-Afrika gaan deur soortgelyke trauma’s, het dieselfde deurgemaak en nog lewe, wat met so ‘n misbakselse terreurdaad moet saamleef. Sommige slagoffers se verkragtingsake word nooit eers aangeroer of verder geneem nie. Hoe vermoor ‘n terroris verkragter so ‘n jong kind nadat sy afskuwelik verkrag is.
Soos inligting bekend word, wil dit voorkom asof hierdie tipe terroriste steeds beskerm deur die reg om korter vonnisse te verkry. As leek is hierdie tipe terreurdade vir almal onaanvaarbaar. Hier is verskillende dade betrokke – marteling, aanranding, verkragting, verkragting van ‘n jong 10 jarige meisie, moord. Hoeveel hel moes sy as kind, nie deurgemaak het nie en waar is haar menseregte nadat sy vermoor/verkrag is. Haar stem is verewig stil. Dit net omdat misdadigers meer regte het as die slagoffers wat hulle reeds verwoes het weens die feit hoe hul kwansuis grootgeword het. Verkragters is erger as ‘n verwoestende tsunami. En sy was nie die eerste slagoffer nie.
Hierdie kind is na ‘n erge lyding oorlede. Daar is ander slagoffers wat nog lewe wat daarmee moet saamleef. Wat alles herleef. As daar gekyk word hoe lank sulke verhoorsake plaasvind, is dit geen wonder verkragtingslagoffers sien nie hul weg oop om sake so in die openbaar verder te neem nie.
Die lewensomstandighede is nie eenvoudig nie. Die regsbank is nog minder eenvoudig nie. Ergste van alles is, die letsels van oorlewende slagoffers is meer traumaties omdat dit na hoeveel jaar weer herleef moet word. Daar kan nooit vrede gemaak word met sulke terreurdade nie.
Die ergste is – moordenaars en verkragters gaan sit nog in ‘n 5 ster tronk, wat ons belastings hom onderhou. Hy sit saam ander soos hy, kry die beste mediese sorg as hy siek word, 3 borde kos, met ‘n betaalde dak oor die kop, beter as enige hospitaal, sommige misdadigers kry verdere studie geleenthede en ander byvoordele.
Wat bly van ‘n slagoffer oor nadat ‘n terroris tsunami oor haar siel en liggaam geloop het en wat nie vermoor is nie? Hulle skep behae daarin om vrouens en jong dogters te verkrag.
Sommige gevalle word vrouens voor hul kinders verkrag wat al hierdie terreur brutaliteit moet aanskou.
Dan kom regters steeds en vra versagtende omstandighede omdat die slagoffer se kinderdae nie so goed was nie. Daar moet vir elke daad wat gepleeg is, vonnis uitgespreek word.
Daar is honderd duisende se kinderdae wat nog slegter was as so ‘n terrorist tsunami wat nie as verkragters uitgedraai het nie. Hierdie tipe terroris hoort in geen samelewing nie. Hierdie tipe vonnisse wat dubbel uitgespreek word moet ook nie saam uitgedien word nie en verdien om verewig toegesluit te word. Waarom word sulke sake so uitgerek en lank, slagoffers se families gaan alreeds deur soveel trauma, maar steeds word dit uitgerek.
“Did you see that child’s vagina?”
This was the question an outraged Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe asked the lawyer of Carlo de Kock, 34, accused of raping and killing his 10-year-old niece in Manenberg.
Arguments in mitigation and aggravation of sentencing were heard at the Cape High Court on Wednesday.
While Advocate Andre Botma presented his heads of argument looking for a lesser sentence, Salie-Hlophe hammered him, asking him to present “substantial special circumstances” to convince her to deviate from the prescribed two life sentences for the rape and murder of little Chanelle McCrawl in October 2017.
In March, De Kock pleaded guilty to kidnapping, rape, murder and defeating the ends of justice in the death of the Grade 4 pupil from Edendale Primary School.
“What are the facts in this case, what must I find substantial and compelling that it warrants departure from life?
“Point it out to me,” an agitated Salie-Hlophe insisted.
This was after Botma had referred to a previous case in which the accused was given a lesser sentence for the rape of six victims, where three “lucky ones” managed to escape.
He then asked for a minimum of 23 years behind bars for De Kock.
But the Judge retorted: “I can tell you who is not so lucky: Chanelle. She was raped, murdered and her body dumped unceremoniously on a field like she was a piece of garbage.”
She then made reference to Chanelle’s vaginal injuries.
In April, forensic pathologist Dr. Mandy Chong said of the more than 4000 autopsies she had performed, Chanelle’s vaginal injuries were “the worst” she had ever seen.
She said the child had suffered blows to her head and a massive tear to her vagina, which caused her to bleed to death and choke on her own blood and vomit.
“Did you see that child’s vagina?” Salie-Hlophe asked Botma. “Were you not in court? You sound like someone who didn’t hear it.”
De Kock sat with his hands over his face and began to cry during proceedings.
Botma then called De Kock’s paternal aunt to the stand.
The woman, who cannot be identified due to another matter in which De Kock is involved, said the accused had a traumatic childhood and had been left orphaned after his father was murdered.
His mother went into a coma after suffering a stroke, and his 13-year-old brother, Collin, was also murdered and his body dumped on a field.
State prosecutor, Liezel Herbst, asked for two life sentences without an option for rehabilitation.
Salie-Hlophe said there were two types of people who plead
“The accused falls in the second category, he was caught out,” she ruled.
Sentencing has been set for 25 June.
Chanelle was reported missing on 19 October 2017 after she failed to arrive at school.
The next day her bruised and battered body was found wrapped in a curtain and shopping bag at a river near her home in Audrey Court.
DNA evidence linked De Kock to the murder after his semen was found on the little girl’s school pants.
In his guilty plea, he claimed he had smoked tik, dragged Chanelle into his Wendy house and that she resisted and fell and hit her head on a brick.
He said as she lay bleeding, he took off her pants and underwear and inserted his finger into her private parts and he used her pants to wipe away his semen.
ed guilty the one who was remorseful and the other who had no other option.
A Manenberg man accused of raping and murdering a 10-year-old girl has been set free. The Daily Voice can reveal that all charges against Stanton Mano, the neighbour of little Chanelle McCrawl, have been dropped. The child’s bludgeoned body was discovered on the banks of the Vygieskraal River on 20 October last year, a day after she had been reported missing.
Mano and Chanelle’s uncle, Carlo de Kock, were arrested shortly after the discovery and after spending almost nine months behind bars, the State has decided to withdraw the case against Mano but are proceeding with De Kock. The duo appeared on closed circuit television at the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on Monday and Mano smiled broadly as Magistrate Goolam Bawa made the announcement.
“Mr Mano, the State has withdrawn the case against you and you are now free. Mr De Kock, the case has now been postponed to 7 September and you will appear in the Cape High Court for your pre-trial hearings,” Bawa said.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson, Eric Ntabazalila, says the case against Mano was withdrawn as there were no prospects of a successful prosecution.
According to a source, this is due to the DNA testing done on the two men after semen was found on Chanelle’s school pants.
He says DNA was initially taken from both men and while tests had confirmed that De Kock’s DNA was linked to the semen found, the lab had requested a second sample from Mano to be tested.
“The second test does not link him to the crime. He was arrested because he was placed at the scene by witnesses,” the source added.
During April 2019
It was reported by Dailyvoice that two new sexual assault cases have been brought against self-confessed child rapist and killer, Carlo de Kock, who appeared in the Wynberg Regional Court.
The Manenberg man who recently pleaded guilty to raping and murdering his 10-year-old niece, Chanelle McCrawl, was hauled to court after the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) reinstated two sexual assault cases involving children dating back to 2012.
On 19 October 2017, Chanelle was reported missing when she failed to arrive at school.
The next day her body was found wrapped in a curtain and placed in a shopping bag at a river near her Audrey Court home.
De Kock and neighbour, Stanton Mano, were arrested, but the state later dropped charges against Mano.
Now it has emerged that De Kock was arrested twice, before Chanelle was killed, for sexually assaulting a nine-year-old female relative.
According to police reports, on 10 February 2012, the girl was left in De Kock’s care for the day.
During this time he allegedly pulled down her panty and rubbed his penis on her and told her not to tell anyone.
“He promised to give her a R2, pens, sweets, samoosas and chocolates to not say anything, but the girl reported it to her mother and he was arrested,” says a source.
Three years later when the girl was 13 years old, De Kock allegedly assaulted the girl again, this time while her mother was sleeping.
“The child was sleeping next to her mother and told police that De Kock got into the bed with his head at their feet and while sleeping, he rubbed his feet on her private parts.
“He kept the child awake throughout the night because he also rubbed her with his hands.”
De Kock was arrested again, but both cases were withdrawn as the child refused to testify against him.
NPA spokesperson, Eric Ntabazalila, says: “I can confirm that the charges against the accused have been reinstated. The complainant is a minor who is now 16 years old. She was 13 years old and nine years old when the offences were committed.
“He faces two charges of sexual assault and the cases were withdrawn because the complainant refused to testify.”
This matter was postponed to 20 May.
On Monday, De Kock will return to the Cape High Court where sentencing procedures will get underway.
He has refused a life sentence for the death of Chanelle and has asked the courts to take time served in Pollsmoor into consideration.
State prosecutor Marize Engelbrecht told presiding Judge Yahya John Hlophe that they had only a partial agreement because they did not agree on the sentence.
Hlophe advised: “He has been in custody for two years and that will be taken into account. Pleading guilty, in prison for two years, first offender, those three facts immediately in my view would warrant some departure from the prescribed minimum sentence.”
He postponed the case to 20 March for the plea deal to be finalised.
Outside court, Chanelle’s ouma, Gertrude Basson, said she was moeg of all the delays.
“I am just gatvol of coming every time and there is no outcome. He wants the court to consider that he has already been in prison but what about other cases where people get life even though they are in prison?” the granny said.
He says on that morning he was smoking tik and he pulled Chanelle into the Wendy house, but she resisted and fell and hit her head on a brick.
He says while she lay bleeding, he took off her pants and underwear and inserted his finger into her private parts.
“I stopped after she started to bleed and during this time I ejaculated. Then I wiped my penis off with her grey school pants,” his statement read.
Chong, however, says according to the injuries, Chanelle was most likely strangled to subdue her, penetrated and then beaten until the base of her skull “cracked open like a door hinge”.
Chong, who was on the scene when Chanelle’s body was found, says the curtain her body was wrapped in was also used to strangle the child.
She says the blows to the girl’s head and the tear in her vagina caused Chanelle to bleed to death and choke on her own blood and vomit.
“This is probably the worst vaginal laceration I have seen,” the pathologist stated.
Chanelle’s emotional relatives cried in court while De Kock hung his head and covered his face.
Teacher Beryl Calvert wept on the stand as she told judge Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe that she blamed herself for Chanelle’s death.