EC Dad Denied Bail After Castrating Pastor Suspected Of Raping His Daughter
There was high drama in a packed-out East London courtroom on Wednesday, as a father who “castrated” a local preacher believing he’d raped his daughter was denied bail.
The Daily Dispatch report that Preacher Mase Malgas was based at St Philips Church in Gompo, when this shocking incident – which lead to the 66-year-old’s death – occurred on 30 September.
East London castration trial – what we know so far:
The emotionally-charged case saw the dad, who cannot be named as it will reveal his daughter’s identity, sent to jail ahead of the resumption of this trial – one which is likely to draw national attention and stir the debate about crime, punishment and vigilante justice.
Constable Lundi Nqwelo was giving evidence to the court, on behalf of the state’s prosecution case. He described the night of the attack, where the defendant was told by his ex-wife that their young daughter had been raped by Malgas.
He took her word for it and tracked down the location of the preacher. A friend and his ex-wife were also in his company for this “revenge mission”. They stormed into their victim’s home and the accused began to severely assault Malgas. In the midst of the brutality, the man on trial began to cut the preacher’s penis.
Although he didn’t complete a full castration, the defendant had left the holy man with “grievous” bodily wounds. After they had badly-beaten Malgas, they took him to the Scenery Park Police Station, hoping to have him arrested.
However, officers in East London had to deal with the life-threatening condition Malgas was reduced to. They called for medical assistance, but he died in hospital.
Establishing facts – was the girl raped?
Nqwelo said medical reports confirmed the nine-year-old had been raped, but the courts were still waiting for the DNA results to confirm Malgas was the perpetrator. The case hinges on this vital detail: If the preacher is found to be guilty of the rape, a host of mitigating factors for the defence will come into play.
East London bail magistrate Joel Caesar expressed his reasons for keeping the suspect behind bars. He claimed that, although the court has empathy for the daughter, the court cannot show that same empathy to someone who carries out their own brand of justice:
“The state is of the view that this was premeditated murder. When he went to the deceased’s house he had already decided that he wanted to inflict the same pain his daughter went through.”
The trial will resume on a date yet to be confirmed by the court.
By Tom Head, THE SOUTH AFRICAN
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