‘Son won’t collude to support me,’ says rape accused

2014-09-03 00:00

SENIOR KZN advocate Mike Govindasamy (57) denied yesterday that his son would collude with him to support his denial that he raped a young relative in 2010.

“We would not be able to look each other in the eye again because it is contrary to every bone in our body,” Govindasamy said while being cross-examined by state advocate Dorian Paver.

Govindasamy is on trial on charges of indecently assaulting a relative in 2007 and that he “finger-raped” her in July 2010.

He has pleaded not guilty before Judge Fikile Mokgohloa.

The defence suggests the teen suffers from a “borderline personality disorder”, is prone to lying and once laid a false housebreaking charge for which she was charged with perjury.

The sexual assaults of which Govindasamy is accused allegedly took place in his bedroom at his Effingham Heights, Durban, home.

The first incident allegedly took place when the teenager was admittedly lying in bed between Govindasamy and his wife, Sylvia.

The rape allegedly occurred while she slept on a mattress in the bedroom, when she says she woke to find him on top of her.

Govindasamy dismissed the allegations as “utter lies” and “ludicrous”.

He said he and his wife regarded the teen as their daughter.

Asked if it was “normal” for a “well-developed young woman” to climb into bed between a married couple, Govindasamy said he’d thought of her as his child and she chose to sleep there.

Told he could have moved to a spare room, he replied there were moments when “things happen that perhaps you can rationalise much later”.

He admitted being alone in the bedroom with the teen at the time of the alleged rape “for a point” while his wife was out, but said his sons were in the house.

Govindasamy disputed trying to get the teen to recant her story.

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