Complainant says cop ‘is insane’

2015-06-25 09:54
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg - “He is insane. He needs help,” a Pietermaritzburg sex worker said on Wednesday of policeman Riaan van Rensburg, 45, who she alleges raped her more than once and stabbed and injured her in a Hilton forest in June 2013.

When her cross examination ended, the volatile witness made the sign of a cross on her forehead exclaiming: “Thank God. At last.”

Earlier she became visibly angry when Van Rensburg’s advocate Brad Osborne told her the policeman will testify that she consented to have sex with him; that he paid her a total of R300 and that an altercation broke out after she demanded an additional R100 for additional services, which he did not have.

“I never charge R300. My [rate for an] hour is R400 and I work from my flat,” the woman replied. She also told the court if she had arranged to have sex with Van Rensburg she would not have used his “government condoms”.

“I always buy my own expensive condoms,” she said.

Osborne said Van Rensburg will testify the woman took the branch of a gum tree and swung it at him. He grabbed it and pushed it towards her, causing her to fall. She got up, grabbed her keys and cellphone and “stormed off” threatening to charge him with assault.

Osborne said Van Rensburg knows nothing about stab wounds to the victim’s right thumb and shoulder and suggested they could have been “self inflicted”.

“I can’t charge at such an old man with a stick,” the woman retorted angrily.

Later she added, gesturing towards the accused; “He knows what he did … This man must just admit it. He is a murderer. He is a man who hunts down prostitutes and murders them. Why doesn’t he just admit it’s in his blood.”

She also attacked Osborne for defending Van Rensburg, telling him; “You were not there … Don’t listen to the lies that the accused is telling. Some day God will punish you,” she said.

The woman frequently became emotional on Wednesday, once refusing to continue her evidence until an unknown couple who entered the courtroom had left.

She also refused to read her police statement at Osborne’s request, telling him “just ask me whatever questions you want. I am tired of being here … I am tired of looking at that man with glasses [Osborne]”.

Her outburst prompted regional magistrate Bhekizitha Phoswa to warn her that he would not allow her to insult an officer of the court.

The woman complained Osborne was “repetitive”.

During his questioning, Osborne suggested to the woman that she failed to mention in any of her police statements (four in all) and to a doctor, her allegations that Van Rensburg raped her twice, made her perform oral sex and also stabbed her in her shoulder.

She responded that she could not remember everything as 2013 was a long time ago.

She told the court after raping her as she’d described Van Rensburg had donned gloves.

He then produced a “small silver knife”, cut the number plates off his vehicle and when she ran from him in fear, he caught her and told her to “kneel and pray”.

She managed to ward off a blow from the knife, sustained cuts to her shoulder and thumb. After dispossessing Van Rensburg of the knife she flung it behind him into a bush and fled. She had later sought help from a white couple who lived in the area.

The case will continue on July 20.

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