Hillcrest rape survivor ‘elated’ as teen confesses in court

2008-04-09 00:00

JUSTICE was served for Hillcrest rape victim Jessica Foord when one of the men who attacked her and her father pleaded guilty to rape and robbery charges in the Durban High Court on Monday.

Foord said that she was overcome with emotion when she heard about it, and elated at the confession, which matched the statement she gave to police.

The 17-year-old confessed to Judge Kate Pillay that he was part of the gang that attacked Foord and her father Tim and admitted that he was the first person to rape Foord.

The teenager told the court that he and four other suspects accosted the Foords while they were walking their dogs at the Inanda Dam in early March.

In a statement read out by advocate Innocent Mthembu, the teenager said they saw the Foords playing with their dogs and decided to rob them.

They used a toy gun and a knife to accost them, and one of the group stole a wallet and a cellphone from the Foords’ bakkie.

They took her father to a ditch, where they tied his legs and arms with a rope. The rape followed. The teenager said they used the bakkie as the getaway car, but abandoned it when the engine switched off.

Foord described the confession as the “most positive thing” since the attack and said she is happy that the teen took responsibility for his actions.

“This does not mean closure, but I’m glad that positive things are beginning to happen. It makes me feel that justice is taking place,” she said.

The case has been adjourned until April 25 for a sentencing date. The teenager has been remanded in custody at the Westville Prison youth centre.

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