Rape case: principal loses bail

2012-08-31 00:00

THE principal of a Hibberdene school charged with raping one of his 10-year-old pupils and pointing a gun at the alleged victim between court hearings has had his bail cancelled.

Magistrate Giel van Aarde, however, decided not to forfeit his R1 000 bail to the state, telling him he could claim in back “at some or other time”.

He said the finding was based on the sufficient balance of probabilities in the account of the terrified victim, who told the court that she pressed a panic button after the principal stopped outside her home and then pulled a gun on her. When the security company failed to arrive, she sought help from a nearby house.

Earlier, state prosecutor Renee Naidoo told the court that the principal had made wilful contact with the victim and described the events leading up to the alleged firearm incident.

“He drove his vehicle, parked outside the house of the victim and hooted when he sighted the victim. He called her. When she refused, he allegedly pulled a firearm and pointed it at the victim.”

The court accepted this version rather than his lawyer’s submission that the child had lied about being raped in the first place and that it would have been in her character to manufacture such evidence.

Van Aarde said the principal, who may not be named as he has not yet pleaded to a sexual assault charge, had breached his bail conditions, one of which was that he should not have anything to do with the girl or her family.

“She must have been scared to death and feared that something terrible was going to happen to her,” he said.

“That is totally unacceptable. The court cannot allow or condone that sort of situation. That would bring about anarchy and chaos.”

Members of the ANC Women’s League protested outside the court at yesterday’s and previous hearings.

The case was postponed to September 18 pending further investigation.

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