Rape trial: I heard my sister crying out

2008-11-27 00:00

A 20-year-old woman told the Pietermaritzburg High Court here yesterday she heard her older sister crying out while being raped by one of two intruders who invaded their home and robbed them at Taylor’s Halt on the night of July 23, 2007.

The woman said she was asleep with her young baby and other family members when the attackers gained entry.

She was “grabbed” from her room and, along with other family members, was made to lie on a bed with their heads covered with blankets.

The woman identified both accused before court — Thulebona Zuma (30) and Vusi Mseleku (43) — as the perpetrators. She previously pointed them out at a police identity parade.

She said at one stage she heard one of the men on top of her sister and heard her crying out that “it was painful”.

The two accused have pleaded not guilty before Judge Kevin Swain and an assessor to six charges, including the rape of two women, three charges of housebreaking and robbery and one of attempted murder.

The crimes were all committed in Taylor’s Halt in May and July last year.

The case is proceeding.

ingrido@witness.co.za

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