DNA links man to rapes

2013-07-24 00:00

FOLLOWING the arrest of an alleged serial rapist in Copesville, police are appealing to women who have been raped in the area to come forward.

After his arrest on one rape case, DNA tests have linked the 19-year-old suspect to five other cases dating back to 2011.

The suspect was arrested after he had reportedly raped an 18-year-old woman.

He appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on July 10 and was released on bail of R300. The suspect, who has not pleaded yet, then re-appeared in court on July 17, when his bail was revoked as he had been linked to five other cases.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said further investigations by the Pietermaritzburg Family Violence and Child Protection Unit had established that the suspect fit the description of a man wanted in connection with several other rape cases in the Copesville area.

In some cases, the rapist would confront his victims on a footpath and brandish a bush knife or gun before raping them.

It is alleged that in February 2011, the teenager allegedly raped a woman at gunpoint.

In March 20011, he allegedly raped a woman after threatening her with a bush knife.

In October 2011, he allegedly grabbed a woman off a footpath and raped her in the bush.

In August 2012, he allegedly confronted a woman who was walking to work, took her to nearby bush and raped her.

In October 2012, in the Swapo area, he allegedly raped another woman and robbed her of R602.

Police are appealing to victims who have reported rapes in the Copesville area to urgently contact Captain Themba Malinga on 079 500 1330 or 033 387 9519.

The alleged serial rapist will be back in court on August 12.

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