Patient 'wouldn't have lied' about rape

2013-02-14 08:08
An emotional Michael Moema is seen outside the Free State High Court after being acquitted of rape. (Conrad Bornman, Volksblad)

An emotional Michael Moema is seen outside the Free State High Court after being acquitted of rape. (Conrad Bornman, Volksblad)

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Bloemfontein - A man whose terminally ill wife claimed she had been raped said on Wednesday he was disappointed that the male nurse accused of the crime was acquitted.

Dirk Lombard, who was not in court on Wednesday due to work commitments, said he was glad his wife was not alive to see the accused walk free, reported Volksblad.

Magda Lombard, 51, died from cancer a month after reporting the rape.

Her husband said she would not have lied about the rape.

But the Free State High Court found there was not enough evidence to convict Michael Moema, 33.

"Wherever she is now, she is at peace. Whoever raped her will not get past the Lord. In the next life he will be punished,” said Lombard.

Meanwhile, Moema said he was relieved after his acquittal.

As the verdict was read out, hospital staff cheered and whistled while an emotional Moema covered his face as he walked out.

Outside the court room he said the charges against him were all lies. He said he was glad the truth had come out.

 

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