Police arrest alleged teenager’s kidnapper-rapist

2012-07-25 00:00

A MAN who allegedly kidnapped a 15-year-old Newcastle girl, held her hostage and drugged and raped her over a three and a half month period has been arrested at his hideaway in Durban.

After the let his guard down, the girl managed to slip away, return home and lay a charge.

Police tracked them man to his hideout and arrested him on Monday. He will appear in court in Newcastle today.

The teenager from Madadeni in Newcastle, was allegedly threatened with a knife and a firearm and kidnapped by the 25-year-old man on March 29 this year.

Her family filed a missing persons report shortly after she went missing.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Vincent Mdunge, said the victim was taken to Chesterville in Durban where she was repeatedly drugged and raped.

“It is alleged that the victim was held captive for approximately three and a half months before her captor let his guard slip and she managed to escape,” he said.

“After she escaped she went to neighbours and asked for taxi money so that she could go back home.”

According to Mdunge, when the victim got home her family helped her to open a criminal case against the suspect.

“About a week ago a task team was established to investigate. The suspect was found at a house in Chesterville, where he was arrested. It is not known whether he was renting the house or not,” Mdunge said.

The victim, who was traumatised by her harrowing experience, is receiving trauma counselling.

KZN Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, said: “We are pleased with the arrest and commend the arresting officer for his hard work and perseverance.”

She said the alleged crime was unacceptable. “If convicted, we would like to see the accused receive the severest sentence possible.”

Ngobeni added: “We can only pray that she [the victim] recovers fully, both physically and psychologically, with the help of the counsellors and medical practitioners attending to her.”

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