Accused in the brutal rape and murder of university student had plastic pearls embedded in his genitals to ‘make sex attacks more painful’

Criminals have been previously accused of resorting to piercing their private parts in order to inflict pain upon their victims during forceful intercourse


                            Accused in the brutal rape and murder of university student had plastic pearls embedded in his genitals to ‘make sex attacks more painful’

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A member of the gang which raped then killed South African student Hannah Cornelius has plastic pearls embedded in his penis which in all likelihood made the sexual assault more painful.

Accused Geraldo Parson is suspected to have put on the piercing in order to make intercourse even more painful. Parson is one of the four men who has been accused of the rape and murder of Hannah Cornelius. 

According to the African news outlet, Die Son, Parson has claimed that the piercing was a part of his Jewish religious culture and it gave pleasure to his girlfriend. While criminals have been previously accused of resorting to piercing their private parts in order to inflict pain upon their victims during forceful intercourse, Parson claimed that it was a private matter to him.

A reporter for News 24 tweeted that some of the initial questions made by the court had prompted Parson to claim the pearls were "his privacy". Parson is among the four accused, which also includes Vernon Witbooi, 33, Nashville Julius, 29, and Eben Van Niekerk, 28, who had first raped Hannah and had later smashed her skull with several boulders. 



 

One of the four accused had apparently sent a letter of apology to Hannah's parents asking them, "Don't be angry with me, please". However, Nierkerk had later admitted to writing the letter but claimed he did so only under the orders of Sergeant Steven Adams. Written in Afrikaans, upon translating, the letter says, "This letter comes from Eben VNK. Herewith I write this letter to Henna's mom and dad. I am sorry for what I did and I ask if they can forgive me for what I have done…The girl was like a friend to me but the other accused, I was also scared of them and it wasn't nice to see. I was also scared of them. Don't be angry at me please (sic)."



 

The daughter of  Magistrate Willem Cornelius was dropping off her friend, Cheslin Marsh, home in Stellenbosch, near Cape Town when she was attacked by the gang who had initially claimed that they were only trying to steal the car.

However, when things escalated they had no choice but to rape her and then smash her skull with several boulders. In one of his statements, Parson claimed that Hahhan had told them they could have sex with her but they would have to let her go. Parson said, "While I was driving‚ Vernon gave me a condom‚ I don’t know where he got it from. Vernon said Hannah said we can have sex with her but then we must leave her after that."

Hannah was attacked by the four men when she was dropping off her friend. (Facebook/Twitter)
Hannah was attacked by the four men when she was dropping off her friend. (Facebook/Twitter)

As the first one to rape her, Parson claimed that "it didn't feel right", and he had asked Witbooi to let her go. However, the gang apparently refused to let her go and shut her in the car's boot and took her to a nearby vineyard. Times Live reports Parson describing the situation as "Eben came up and stabbed her. I let her go as the blood started to spill. Then I saw Vernon arrive with a rock. I told Vernon “don’t kill her, we’ve already killed Cheslin, let’s leave her”. But Vernon threw the rock on Hannah’s head. I saw it in her eyes that she was terrified. She said we can have sex but I saw she didn’t want to.”

Three of the gang members were arrested after dumping the car, and the fourth was arrested later. The trial continues.