Eye-gouging child rape suspect in court

2012-05-25 22:02
Johannesburg - A teenager accused of raping an 8-year-old girl and gouging out her left eye appeared in the Mtunzini Magistrate's Court on Friday.

"The case was adjourned to June 11 to give the State time to confirm a date to send the teenager for a mental assessment," National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said.

"The accused is in a safe house and faces one charge of rape and two of attempted murder."

On 26 April, the 15-year-old was released into the custody of his parents following his last appearance in the Gingindlovu Periodical Court.

Last month, the girl was dragged into a sugarcane field near her home, where she was assaulted and raped.

The girl's left eye was gouged out of the socket and she was left bleeding profusely from both eyes. She had been walking home from school at the time. Her attacker also bit her neck.

The girl was treated at Ngwelezane Hospital.

The boy's grandmother alerted the police when people accused him of the crime.

It is alleged that the boy earlier attacked another girl at school.

The grandmother told the Witness newspaper she had reprimanded him when he was accused of raping another girl the same day.

"We did not reprimand him the second time, because we feared he would run away like he did when the first [victim's] family came to our house," she said.

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