Charges against video gang rape teens withdrawn

2014-05-29 08:52
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Johannesburg - Charges against five boys accused of gang-raping a mentally impaired girl were withdrawn in the Protea Magistrate's Court, The Star reported on Thursday.

The teenagers, aged between 17 and 18, had initially been charged with rape, sexual assault, and using a minor to create child pornography. Two others who were arrested with them were previously acquitted.

The court found there was no evidence of rape and on Wednesday, all charges against the boys were dropped.

They were arrested in April 2012 after a cellphone video of some of them having sex with a 17-year-old girl went viral on the internet.

William Karam, for the boys, said the girl had solicited his clients.

"They were playing soccer on a Sunday afternoon when she approached the accused for sex at a price, at R2 a shot. Basically she solicited them," Karam was quoted as saying.

He said the boys did not know she was mentally impaired.


- SAPA
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