Murder accused in series of ID parades

2012-02-04 17:44
Johannesburg - A 40-year-old man accused of raping and trying to murder 33 young girls will now have to take part in a series of identity parades.

The man, who may not be named or his photograph published pending the identity parades, was arrested in his Eden Park, Ekurhuleni home in the early hours of Thursday morning.

His arrest came after his most recent alleged victim bravely followed him home and then went to the police and reported him.

It has since emerged that the man previously spent ten years in jail after being convicted of rape.

He has appeared in the Alberton Magistrate’s Court but was not asked to plead.

He faces 33 charges of rape and 33 of attempted murder. All the charges relate to girls aged between ten and 14.

In court, the man looked nervous as he entered the tiny courtroom. The prosecutor asked the accused whether he had any previous convictions or pending charges.

The man, who spoke in isiZulu and whose statements were translated for the court, said he had served ten years for rape, but mumbled as he gave the dates of the jail term.

Initially he told the court he had been imprisoned in 2007, then changed his story and said he had started his term in 2005, or in 1997.

The prosecutor and the interpreter, both a bit irritated, ordered him: “Susa isandla emlonyeni bhuti ukhulume kahle (remove your hand from your face and talk clearly)”.

“I served 10 years for rape from 1995 and was released in 2005,” he said, speaking more clearly.

The State told the court it intended opposing bail, and the man was remanded in custody until Friday, when he is due to appear in court again. - City Press

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