Cops slam false reporting in rape case

2012-06-26 12:39
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Cape Town - Reports saying a woman who accused a New Zealand Under-20 rugby player of raping her was drunk are incorrect, national police said on Tuesday.

"I never said she was drinking," Colonel Vish Naidoo said, following an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report claiming the woman had told police she had been drinking.

"The woman had little or no recollection of what had happened. It is in keeping with a crime of that nature, it can be expected. We are offering her therapy.

"I would describe her as fragile, but also severely traumatised when she was interviewed," Naidoo was quoted by TVNZ website as saying.

Forensic experts

He also reiterated that only one player, and not four as some media reports suggested, was the subject of investigation.

Police were called to a Cape Town hotel on Saturday morning when a 22-year-old woman claimed one of the "Baby Blacks" had raped her. Forensic experts arrived on the scene soon after to scour for samples.

Naidoo said the results of the tests could take up to a month.

The woman was also “medically tested” according to a New Age report.

Police are also reviewing CCTV camera footage from the hotel, the TVNZ reported.
 
Case opened

New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew told AFP in a report on Independent Online that one player, and possibly also a teammate who was rooming with him, had provided DNA samples to police.

Naidoo told News24 a case had been opened after the woman laid a complaint.

He said Kiwi rugby chiefs had co-operated during the preliminary investigation and he was certain they would continue to do should the need arise in future.

The team flew back to New Zealand at the weekend after losing 22-16 to the Baby Boks at the Newlands Stadium, in the final of the IRB Junior World Championship on Friday evening.
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