Court official on rape charge

2010-02-10 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG ma­gistrate Divesh Mootheram has been urged to decline further postponements in the trial of a former state prosecutor who faces a charge of rape.

This was after the court was told that the alleged victim has failed to attend two interviews scheduled by the investigating officer to obtain her statement, and that there are no witness statements in the docket.

The investigating officer was on a day’s leave yesterday and could not be reached.

The prosecutor cannot be named until he has pleaded to the charge, which arises from an alleged incident on December 5 following an outing to a local pub.

His attorney, Subhash Maikoo, told the court yesterday that the rape charge has affected the man’s career.

The accused is no longer a prosecutor, although he has found employment.

Maikoo said the complai­nant cried rape and then apparently couldn’t make the effort to pursue the matter.

He urged the court to refuse a postponement and to withdraw the charge, saying that once the investigation is finalised the accused can be charged again.

Mootheram said he wants to hear from the investigating officer before he makes a decision, and adjourned the case until tomorrow.

The 27-year-old accused was arrested on December 9 in connection with the alleged rape of a 22-year-old wo­man, who told a Witness reporter that she visited a local pub with friends and met two men, one of whom was known to her friend.

She claimed she drank only two or three glasses of wine, but started feeling sick and weak.

She said the men offered the women a lift home.

The woman alleges that it was after she was helped into bed at her home that the rape occurred.

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