Alleged rapist shouts at magistrate

2015-06-24 22:59
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Mbombela - Court proceedings came to a halt in the Boschfontein Regional Court in Mpumalanga on Wednesday when a man, accused of raping a 13-year-old girl thought to be mentally ill, threatened court orderlies, police officers and the magistrate.  

A News24 correspondent reported that August Soyane, from Zibokwane village near the Swaziland border, who has pleaded not guilty to rape, screamed to the court: "You shut up and don't try to mess with my mind. You can't force me to agree to something I didn't do. Why should all of you force me to say I raped that girl even though I tell you that I didn't rape her?"

Magistrate Edgar Moletsane briefly adjourned the court to allow Soyane's Legal Aid lawyer to calm him down. During the adjournment, his lawyer threatened to send him to Weskoppies psychiatric hospital if he behaved as if he was mentally ill.

This did not stop Soyane from screaming insults at everyone who remained in the court. When the court came back into session, prosecutor Thulani Msibi told the court that he has two documents to submit to the court proving that the rape did take place.

Soyane was remanded in custody until Friday for further trial.

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