Former acting judge to hear his fate over rape allegations

2015-06-08 15:22
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Durban - A little over 11 years ago an acting judge sentenced a man to four life terms of imprisonment for raping his 15-year old stepdaughter.

At the time Acting Judge Mayakisten “Mike” Govindasamy told the 42-year-old rapist: “Society needs to understand that people like you must be brought to trial so that our community can be a safer place. So that children can expect to be protected by their parents.”

It was on May 23 in 2004 that Govindasamy uttered those words before sending the man to prison. On Tuesday, Govindasamy will himself hear his fate over allegations that he raped his niece in the marital bed of his Effingham Heights home in Durban.

Judge Fikile Mokgohloa is expected to hand down judgment in the Ramsgate High Court. The 59-year old advocate pleaded not guilty in 2013 to charges that he had indecently assaulted his niece in 2007 and then raped her in 2010.

The indecent assault allegedly happened while the girl was sleeping between Govindasamy and his wife in their bed, while the rape is alleged to have happened while she slept on a mattress in their room.

The trial has been a long drawn out affair with accusations and counter accusations flowing between the prosecution and the defence.

Govindasamy was at one stage accused by the State of hiring a private investigator to "dig up dirt" on the girl, while the State was accused by Govindasamy’s legal team of ignoring the fact that the girl had a history of lying.

Govindasamy admits the girl was in the bedroom, but insists that nothing happened and that the bedroom door was open. He says that his two sons would have heard if anything had happened.

The girl’s father testified before the court that there had been at least four attempts to have charges against Govindasamy dropped.

This never happened and on Tuesday Govindasamy will hear his  fate.

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