PORT Elizabeth musician Iain McLaggan’s hopes of a reduced sentence for rape were shattered yesterday when he was given 48 hours to begin serving a 10-year sentence – two years longer than his original jail term.
The ruling was made by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein when it dismissed an application to have the 30-year-old’s conviction for raping a British tourist in 2010 overturned.
It set aside his initial sentence of eight years behind bars and substituted it with 10 years’ imprisonment.
Defence attorney Neels Roelofse said last night he still needed to study the judgment.
McLaggan was convicted in August last year of raping an intoxicated and ill teenage tourist while he was working as a game ranger and student coordinator for international travel company World Wide Experience.
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