A man who became impotent after a police officer shot him at close range in the penis during the violent arrest of his brother, has been awarded R2m in damages by the Eastern Cape High Court (Port Elizabeth), according to a Weekend Post report.

The amount was offered as a settlement by the Ministry of Police and made an order of court after a drawn-out legal battle.

The eventual settlement is likely to be closer to R3m because the police must also pay interest of 10.25% a year, backdated to 2013, as well as legal costs. The 32-year-old man now walks using a crutch.

Following the shooting on 22 July 2013, he tried to commit suicide. He told a psychologist of how his dream of having a family was shattered and how his girlfriend of five years had left him after he was injured.

Judge Dayalin Chetty, writing on behalf of a full Bench, dismissed police claims that the man came at them with a knife. Medical reports described his injuries as follows: ‘He was shot through the penis with an exit wound in the scrotum. The bullet then broke his thigh bone.’

Urologist Dr Pierre Cronje said in a report to the court that while the man’s injuries had healed, he remains impotent.

Cronje said it is possible that the psychological trauma he suffered contributed to his erectile dysfunction and that his injuries would have a significant impact on his sex life.

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