Railway Rapes: police arrest suspect in tavern

2012-04-16 00:00

THE police believe that the “railway rapist” was fishing for his next victim when they nabbed him in the city centre around midday yesterday.

The 32-year-old suspect was caught while having a drink at a tavern, said police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan.

It is alleged that he had already raped five women aged between 25 and 43 over three months.

Police believe he could also be linked to several other cases as well.

The most recent victim, who was 28 years old, was attacked last week Wednesday near a railway line off Trelawney Road.

Weekend Witness reported that the alleged rapist’s modus operandi was to lure women to bushes close to the railway line with a promise that he had jobs for them.

He eluded police once before, when they brought a victim to the scene of an earlier rape, minutes after he raped another woman at the same spot.

Jeevan said the police worked tirelessly on the case and their breakthrough came in a form of a sting operation.

“His day was ruined because he was probably checking for other victims because he was busy strolling the central business district before he went to a tavern for a drink.

“He was arrested there and was then taken to custody. Then one victim positively identified him,” Jeevan explained.

The Pietermaritzburg Tracking Team, Crime Intelligence, and the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit worked tirelessly on the case, under the leadership of Brigadier Clifford Marion.

The police said the suspect had a bag of clothes in his possession and was dressed casually. He is due to appear in court soon.

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