Three found guilty of gang raping gay man in landmark verdict for South Africa.


Three men have been found guilty of the gang rape of a gay man in South Africa – the first time the country has issued a guilty verdict in a male rape case. Austin Fritz, Rodney Beukes and Peter John Adams were due to be sentenced Monday (7 February) but the hearing has been postponed until 1 March. The trio kidnapped a young gay man in the Western Cape’s Ceres region in August 2017 and repeatedly raped him, lawyers told the Worcester Regional court. It also emerged that one of the three men was a minor at the time of the attack, and he already had a criminal record for violent crime. The judge was told it was the second time the victim had been targeted by the trio, but that he had not reported the first attack. “A young gay man, gang-raped by three straight men, and all three have been found guilty of kidnapping and rape, which is a great win for us,” Sharon Cox, from LGBT+ outreach organisation The Triangle Project, told Eyewitness News.

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