Alleged rape victim insists dad is innocent

2014-11-03 09:29
Jail bars. (File photo, AP)

Jail bars. (File photo, AP)

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Pretoria - In an almost unheard of move, a Pretoria judge has appointed an advocate to represent a girl who claims that she wasn’t telling the truth about her father having raped her.

During her father’s trial, the girl said he repeatedly raped her, reports the Pretoria News. A lower court accepted her version which was supported by medical evidence that showed there were signs of interference.

The girl was 7-years-old when the alleged rapes started and was 10 when she gave evidence against him in court.

Upon hearing that her father will be jailed, the child now insists she did not tell the truth and that experts, including a psychologist and a doctor, influenced her to say certain things.

The alleged rapes came to light when the child’s mother found a drawing in her schoolbag of two people having sex with the term “tollie” - meaning penis – next to the drawing.

Judge Neil Tuchten has asked Professor Ann Skelton of the Centre for Child Law to advise the court and represent the child in the legal proceedings. The prosecution is opposed to reopening the case and having the child testify again.

The child’s family had initially believed that the father raped the child but now believe he is innocent.

In January, the Sowetan reported that rape charges against an Mpumalanga man accused of raping his daughter 15 years before were provisionally dropped pending the outcome of a DNA test.

The man was accused of raping his daughter between 1997 and 1999 and impregnating her.

DNA tests were then ordered on the child.

It was only found out years later that the father allegedly raped his daughter.

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