Abduction case: father reported cop

2010-08-20 00:00

THE father of one of two teenage girls who were allegedly abducted and sexually violated by three men earlier this year rejected allegations yesterday that his daughter or her friend did not co-operate with the police investigation.

He told the court that in fact the family wrote a letter to the Independent Complaints Director this week to complain about the investigating officer and the fact that he had not done what he had been asked by the court to do.

The father of the alleged victim, who may not be identified, said this after he was asked by magistate Divesh Mootheram for his response to a suggestion that the police investigation was delayed because one of the complainants was not co-operative.

Mootheram was told this was the reason the investigating officer had given for the fact that some witness statements were still outstanding in the matter.

Mootheram postponed the case to September 30 for further investigation and extended the accused’s bail.

Because the charges facing the trio involve allegations of sexual misconduct, the nanes of the accused — believed to be cousins, aged 31, 27 and 18 years — may not be published until they have pleaded.

They are charged with having abducted two girls aged 14 and 15 years on June 28, as well two counts of statutory rape allegedly committed the following day.

The state alleges that the girls met the accused at a local garage and remained in their company for the next two days while a manhunt was under ay for them.

Police acting on a tip-off found the teens at the home of one of the accused in Chase Valley.

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