Rapist caught on camera, nabbed

2008-02-14 00:00

CCTV cameras helped Durban police arrest a tow truck driver who robbed and raped a young woman.

Although she was too inebriated to be aware of the crime, the footage enabled police to make an arrest minutes after the rape.

The woman and her boyfriend were parked in a Fiat Palio at Blue Lagoon in the early hours of Saturday morning when the suspect approached their vehicle.

It is believed that the woman and her boyfriend had been drinking and had passed out in the car.

A police source told The Witness that the suspect reached into the front passenger window and grabbed the woman’s bag, which contained her cellphone, jewellery and money. He handed it to the occupants of a white BMW parked nearby.

He was then caught on camera returning to the Palio, pacing around for several minutes.

Describing the scene on the tape, the police source said the man reached into the car and fondled the woman, and then opened the door and raped her.

“Cameras picked up the scene and a patrol vehicle was dispatched. When the suspect saw the vehicle, he pulled up his pants and pretended to talk to the couple,” he said.

The man was arrested and charged with rape and theft. The occupants of the BMW were also arrested.

Police spokesman Michael Reade confirmed the incident. The suspect will appear in court soon.

sharlenp@witness.co.za

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