Nicholas Ninow, who has infamously become known as the Dros Rapist, will be assessed by the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) as to whether he is a risk to himself following statements regarding suicide which he made during his pre-sentencing proceedings,
Ninow was found guilty by the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria last week of raping a seven-year-old girl at a Dros Restaurant and three sentences which will run concurrently amounting to 25 years in prison.
Judge Mokhine Mosopa sentenced Ninow to five years each for defeating the ends of justice, the possession of an illegal substance and life imprisonment for rape.
When Ninow took to the stand he read a poem which he had written to the victim where he made several references to committing suicide.
Psychologist Marina Genis testified that Ninow had attempted suicide three times before his arrest in September 2018, and had stated that should he receive life in prison, he will kill himself.
DCS spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said, like other inmates, Ninow will be monitored over the first few days as an arrest or sentence is a psychologically challenging time for an inmate.
Ninows desperate attempt to avoid a life sentence
During the week long pre-sentencing, desperate to avoid receiving a life sentence, Ninow tried to paint himself as a victim of substance abuse.
In his bid to explain that should he have been sober, he would not have raped the child, he contradicted some of his plea agreement.
The judge ruled that the poem did not reflect his remorse as no attempts had been made to reach out to the family to deliver the poem or pay penance,, it was merely written as he was aware that he would receive a hefty sentence.
Continued drug use
Since his arrest Ninow was awaiting trail at Kgosi Mampuru prison in Tswane where he has admitted his drug use continued.
According to Ninow there are drugs everywhere and there is no rehabilitation in prison despite them being classified as contraband.
Nxumalo said the allegations are being investigated and anyone who is caught with possession will be charged criminally.
Moved to a single cell
Following a needs-based assessment, Ninow was moved from a general cell to a single cell which will keep him apart from the general population.
Nxumalo said the assessment found that Ninow could be a threat to himself as well as other inmates which is why the decision was made.
The assessment, which is ongoing, is being conducted by various specialists to establish his psychological, medical and security aspects. This will establish the type of rehabilitation program required and he could later be moved to another section of the prison.