Man arrested for raping 91-year-old

2012-10-16 08:33

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Pietermaritzburg - Quick-thinking neighbours, an observant gardener and swift police action have led to the arrest of a man in connection with the recent rape of a 91-year-old woman in Hayfields.

The 36-year-old was arrested by the Pietermaritzburg cluster tracking team at a beer hall in Retief Street on Friday night.

He appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of housebreaking with intent to rob; robbery with aggravating circumstances, as well as the rape. He allegedly gained entry to the victim’s house by threatening her with a hammer and made off with a wristwatch, computer monitor, keyboard, mouse and R300 in cash.

She had previously given him food when he had come begging at her gate.

CCTV footage

The breakthrough in the case came on the day of the crime, October 5, after a resident in the Hayfields area invited the police to view CCTV footage from his house, according to a source close to the investigation.

The source said once the footage was viewed, a gardener at the victim’s home was also invited to view the footage and he immediately identified the suspect by name and surname.

“The gardener told us that the man, who is from the Edendale area, had been to the victim’s home more than once, begging for food, and the victim would provide him with food,” said the source.

On the day of the arrest, the suspect denied ever being in Hayfields, saying that he did not even know where the area was.

But during an identity parade the next day [Saturday], the victim positively identified the suspect as her attacker.

The State opposed bail and the case was postponed to October 31 for a formal bail application.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the suspect had a previous conviction and was released on parole about two months ago. She said he was arrested for housebreaking and theft.

“We urge senior citizens residing alone not to open their homes to strangers. When employing gardeners, people should ask for the person’s identity document and keep a copy for future reference. If you find a stranger at your gate, call the police so that the stranger can be questioned,” said Jeevan.

Another rape

Meanwhile, the case of a 29-year-old man from Ezakheni C-section, Ladysmith, was on Monday postponed to Thursday for further investigation.

The man was arrested for allegedly raping the 84-year-old grandmother of his girlfriend last week. The woman was also at home alone when she was raped.

Gender officer at Emnambithi/Ladysmith municipality, Ayanda Magadla, said there seemed to have been a communication breakdown between the social workers and the investigation officer, hence the decision by Ezakheni magistrate to postpone the matter.

“It appeared in court that the social workers had taken the victim to a safe place without communicating with the investigating officer. This therefore led to the investigator being unable to make contact with the victim. As the gender office we urge all stakeholders to work together in cases like this so as to ensure the speedy conviction of rape suspects,” said Magadla.

The Witness reported that the suspect went back to the woman’s house after accompanying his girlfriend to a family function in another part of Ladysmith.

When the woman opened the door for the suspect, who had pretended to have come back to fetch some money which was left behind by his girlfriend, the man raped the woman four times. She was found by neighbours walking in the street naked and when questioned, told the people about her ordeal. The suspect was found hiding in the outside toilet at the victim’s property.


 

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
25 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Wednesday Paarl - 06:58 AM
    Road name: N1 Eastbound
    STATIONARY TRUCK in the left lane before the R101 Main Road exit
  • Wednesday Cape Town - 06:56 AM
    Road name: N2 Inbound
    DELAYS between Duinefontein Road and the M5 Highway Interchange
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Curve 9380

The first BlackBerry Curve smartphone with a touch screen Stay connected...

From R1799.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may find yourself fascinated by something which could draw you in to obsessively exploring this subject in depth....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.