Sharika Regchand
News Editor
2 minute read
8 Oct 2020
07:32

Man jailed for violating protection order many times

Sharika Regchand

A Pietermaritzburg man who instilled fear in his former girlfriend from 2017 and contravened the protection order she obtained against him seven times, has been sent to jail for nine years.

A Pietermaritzburg man who instilled fear in his former girlfriend from 2017 and contravened the protection order she obtained against him seven times, has been sent to jail for nine years.

The 43-year-old man, who is a cleaner, showed no remorse, Pietermaritzburg district court magistrate Chris van Vuuren­ said on Wednesday.

The court had heard that he and the woman were in a relationship and she left him because of his abusive nature.

Refusing to let her go, he continued to stalk, harass and assault her. She then got a protection order against him. Despite the order, he continued making her life miserable and broke the order several times. The court further heard that he was arrested twice before and granted bail.

However, this did not deter him and he went on to assault her, which led her to charge him for the third time. He was arrested last year and has been in custody now for a year and seven months.

Contacted woman from custody

Van Vuuren said that the evidence before him is that while the man was in custody, he continued to contact the woman and threatened to kill her.

On one previous occasion in court, he even signalled with his hand to her that he would cut her throat.

He added that the continuous abuse of her and other women is a huge problem in society. There have been numerous protests around the country speaking out against this.

“The abuse of women has become a pandemic. The courts need to take firm action in matters of this sort,” he added.

The evidence, he said, reveals a man who could not let go of a woman with whom he was in a relationship.

“He attempted to control her and monitor her movements. He abused her over a period of time. It was not a once-off, spontaneous incident but an ongoing trend of abuse. Even in prison while awaiting trial he pestered her with telephone calls and threats. He is clearly a continuous menace to the complainant,” said Van Vuuren.

He found that there was nothing in the man’s personal circumstances to convince him that he should not be given a term of imprisonment.

Arguing in aggravation of sentence, state prosecutor Zandile Ndawande said the man had also told the woman that he “will deal with her once he gets out”. She also highlighted that gender-based violence has become rife. Despite being warned, she said the man continuously broke the law. She also said he was rude in court.