Father charged with girl’s rape found hanged

2013-02-21 00:00

A 50-YEAR-OLD man charged with repeatedly raping his young daughter in Durban was found hanged in his prison cell on the eve of his bail application in Pietermaritzburg.

The accused faced allegations that his daughter had fallen pregnant and aborted the baby.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan confirmed yesterday that a prisoner was found hanging from the ceiling of his cell in J Section at the Pietermaritzburg New Prison at about 8.50 pm on Tuesday.

Police said the man, who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the alleged rape victim, used state-issue sheets to hang himself.

Jeevan said an inquest would take place, but that no foul play was suspected.

The accused had been expected to apply for bail before a regional court magistrate in

Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

According to the charge sheet, he faced allegations that he raped the 12-year-old complainant in Durban on several occasions.

He was also charged with unlawful possession of a .303 rifle and 278 live rounds of .303 ammunition at Merrivale on October 27.

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