Accused in horror rape case abandons bail, seeks solitary confinement

2014-01-28 12:06

A Cape Town man accused of raping a nine-year-old girl and setting her alight abandoned his bail application in the Bellville Magistrates’ Court.

The 27-year-old man, wearing a torn grey jersey and army print pants, appeared before Magistrate Cyril Kroutz and packed benches of concerned community members today.

Deputy Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu was also in attendance.

Two minutes into the hearing, a sobbing woman had to be escorted from the courtroom.

The man’s defence confirmed that he was abandoning his application.

It also made an application for solitary confinement at Goodwood Prison because he had been assaulted and had fresh wounds on his face.

“The request that the accused be kept in solitary confinement is granted. It seems his life is in danger,” Kroutz said after deliberation.

The magistrate also ordered that the man be kept under medical observation.

The case was postponed until March 27 for further investigation.

The crimes against the girl took place along the R300 highway in Delft a week ago.

The man faced charges of rape, sexual assault, abduction and attempted murder.

The National Prosecuting Authority said the man could not be identified as he had not yet pleaded.

About 100 people protested outside the court before his appearance, blocking one lane of Landros street.

By the time the application had been abandoned, the crowd of mostly women had doubled.

They chanted “no bail” and carried posters stating: “We refuse to be silent about sexual violence,” and: “Having sex with a child is a crime.”

A group of police kept an eye on the peaceful protest.

Last week, the Red Cross Children’s Hospital said the girl was still in a critical but stable condition.

At the accused’s last court appearance, the girl’s grandmother told reporters that her granddaughter had been on her way to her father’s house when she was dragged into vegetation near the N2 and raped.

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