Official arrested for attempted rape

2011-04-25 10:43

 A Free State government official and another man have been arrested for allegedly attempting to rape three teenagers near Bloemfontein, police said today.

Free State police spokesperson Colonel Thandi Mbambo said the two men, one a 28-year-old government employee at the Lebohang building in Bloemfontein and the other an unemployed 39-year-old man, were arrested late on Saturday night.

Two girls, aged 15 and 16, and a 19-year-old woman were accosted by two men in a blue VW Jetta near the Moroka hospital in Thaba’Nchu on Saturday night while they were on their way to a local shop to buy airtime.

The men stopped and asked the girls for directions to the nearby filling station. The girls apparently pointed the way but one of the men suggested they should come along to show them where it was located and the girls got into the car.

However the men drove on past the petrol station in the direction of Bloemfontein, and started to assault the girls while demanding their cellphones.

The men stopped at a graveyard near Bloem Industria and instructed the girls to undress, and when they refused the men began ripping their clothes off.

One of the girls escaped and stopped a passing motorist.

Police were called and the men were caught red handed still assaulting the two remaining girls at the scene.

Mbambo said the men would be charged with kidnapping, robbery, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and attempted rape.

They were expected to appear in the Thaba’Nchu Magistrates Court soon.

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