Dion Taljard, a former South African domestic cricketer, has been sentenced to 18 years in jail after being found guilty of raping a woman 150 times in over 10 years, from 2002 to 2012. The former pacer who played for Border in South Africa, was found guilty of 19 counts of rape, two of sexual assault and a further one of intimidation following a week-long trial at the Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester.
The 47-year-old has denied the charges and said that the victim was lying. Dion’s friends have reportedly set up an online campaign asking for the case to be reviewed.
Dion had moved to Manchester 17 years ago after having played domestic cricket in South Africa from 1993 to 1999. “The majority of the rapes happened on a Monday when he was at the darts and was drunk‚” prosecutor Nicholas Clarke told the court. According to the prosecutor, “[Dion] would say ‘I want to have sex with you’‚ ‘you will comply’. There were innumerable times when they had sex without her consent. The majority of the rapes happened on a Monday when he was at the darts and was drunk.”
The victim reported Dion to the police in 2015, three years after the attacks ended.