Cape Town - A convicted child rapist and murderer’s lawyer begged the Western Cape High Court to go easy on him on Monday.
Odwa Nkololo, 30, was convicted earlier this month of the rape of his girlfriend’s then seven-year-old daughter and the rape and murder of four-year-old Iyapha Yamile in Khayelitsha.
However, he was acquitted on the kidnapping charge.
Nkololo’s lawyer, Advocate Susanna Kuun, told the court her client grew up most of his life without his mother and was an economically viable member of society.
“At the time of his arrest, my client was a door manager of a taxi and was economically viable to society,” she said.
“He grew up without his mother, his father was a bricklayer and his paternal grandmother reared him.”