Man accused of rape found dead

2012-06-21 16:47

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Johannesburg - A man accused of rape was found dead in Krugersdorp on the West Rand on Thursday, police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the man appeared to have taken some poison. His body was found in Kudu Park in Rant-en-Dal.

Police were to have arrested the 57-year-old man at his home in the morning after a charge was laid against him on Saturday.

"The man was not at home when the police arrived. They later learnt that a local resident had found him dead in a public park."

Dlamini said a 14-year-old teenager claimed she had been raped several times by her stepfather.

The matter was reported to the police during a child abuse and sexual offences campaign.

Dlamini said an inquest docket was opened but no foul play was suspected.

"We are waiting for the post-mortem results to establish the exact cause of the man's death."

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