Accused cannot explain DNA link

2010-03-25 00:00

SOBANTU man Sibusiso Joseph Sithole (37) told the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday that he has no idea how his DNA came to be inside three women whom he is alleged to have sexually assaulted or raped near M.L. Sultan School in 2007.

Sithole faces15 charges, including six for rape and two for indecent assault, arising from attacks on four young women in the area between January and December 2007.

He is also charged with four counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, two of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and a charge of kidnapping.

Judge Kate Pillay, sitting with assessors, is expected to give judgment on March 31.

Giving evidence in his defence yesterday, Sithole told the court that he does not know any of the four complainants in the case.

While he “could not dispute” expert evidence that his DNA is linked to three of the women, he also cannot explain how it got there, Sithole said.

During cross-examination, state advocate Dorian Paver said his answer is “not good enough”.

“It doesn’t just get there through the air … Isn’t the reason you are unable to give us a satisfactory explanation because you are the person who subjected [the victim] to this monstrous treatment,” he said, referring to the evidence of one complainant.

“Why don’t you tell us the truth and admit what you have done wrong? Don’t you have a shred of humanity? A shred of respect for these four women?” asked Paver.

All the women identified Sithole as their assailant at identity parades.

The first alleged victim, who was 17 at the time, helped the police to draw up an identikit of her rapist prior to Sithole’s arrest.

Paver suggested to Sithole that her description and the identikit bears a “remarkable similarity” to his appearance. Sithole disputed this.

Asked if he is suggesting that the four women — who are from different areas and do not know each other or him — conspired to falsely implicate him, Sithole replied: “Yes.”

Sithole said he does not even know where M.L. Sultan School is.

The accused said that he has never had a permanent job, but worked temporarily as a taxi “rank manager and a conductor” in Market Square.

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