Rape: man caught on cane farm

2010-02-02 00:00

A WOMAN was raped on a farm in the Richmond area yesterday morning, but the police acted swiftly in ­arresting a suspect.

According to a source in the area, the woman was alone when the assailant accosted her at home and threatened her with a knife. He then allegedly raped her and demanded money.

The victim told the suspect that the money was in another house in the same homestead. On the way to the other house the farm manager saw what was happening and contacted the Richmond police. The suspect then fled on foot into a nearby ­sugar cane plantation.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Jay Naicker confirmed the incident, saying that a 22-year-old man was arrested in connection with the crime.

He said the Richmond police, assisted by the Pietermaritzburg dog unit, launched an intensive search in the area.

When he was spotted in the sugar cane field, the suspect tried to stab the police dogs, but the dogs fought back, and he was taken to hospital to be treated for dog bites.

Naicker said he was found in possession of the victim’s cellphone and two knives.

The victim was taken to a hospital in the city and is believed to be in a serious but stable condition.

The Richmond farming community commended the police for their swift move in arresting the suspect.

Spokesman for the KZN Agricultural Union Koos Marais said the farming community is disturbed by the incident, adding: “We express our outrage on another … vicious attack against the farming community. We expect the law to take its course and the courts to mete out just punishment.”

The suspect will appear in court on a date yet to be announced.

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