Police trace and arrest rape suspect

2015-10-22 09:51
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Pietermaritzburg - Police have tracked the man who allegedly bound, gagged and raped a domestic worker at her employer’s home in Clarendon, Pietermaritzburg, on Monday.

During the early hours of Tuesday morning, Prestbury police arrested a 39-year-old man for house robbery, rape and the theft of a motor vehicle.

He was arrested in the Sweetwaters area after the members followed up information about his whereabouts, said police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane.

Goods that were stolen during the house robbery were also recovered, including a VW Polo car, a television set, amplifiers, a DVD player and speakers.

Zwane said it is believed that on Monday at about 09:00, the domestic worker was cleaning the Clarendon home when she was attacked by the man.

He allegedly grabbed the domestic worker, tied her up and raped her.

The man then demanded cash and took a television set, a DVD player, speakers, amplifiers and car keys.

The homeowner’s VW Polo is believed to have been used as a getaway vehicle.

After four hours, the domestic worker managed to free herself and a case of house robbery, rape and theft of motor vehicle was opened at the Prestbury police station.

The arrested suspect will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Prestbury community crime watch group co-ordinator Russell George said it “sickened” him to know this incident happened in the Prestbury community and nobody noticed or did anything.

He encouraged residents to get involved in the crime watch group.

George can be reached at 082 254 8366.

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