Rape suspect claims cops harrassing wife

2012-03-06 17:14
Johannesburg - The case against a man facing 33 charges of rape and 33 of attempted murder was postponed in the Alberton Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

"The case is postponed for Legal Aid confirmation... You may apply for bail at your next appearance," Magistrate Janice Saulse said, setting the matter down for April 23.

Before leaving the courtroom the accused asked the court to instruct police officers to stop harassing his wife.

"Can you please tell the investigating officer to stop going to my wife and telling her that the DNA tests came back positive and that I'll get life imprisonment?"

Saulse agreed.

The man cannot be identified until he has pleaded. The lawyer expected to assist him told the court the accused had approached him but that he did not want to represent him.

The man is accused of raping 33 girls between the ages of 10 and 14. He also faces 33 counts of attempted murder. He was arrested in Eden Park at the end of January after one of the girls followed him to his home and alerted police.

The girls, from Gauteng's East Rand areas of Katlehong, Thokoza, and Vosloorus, were apparently lured into the veld and raped between 2007 and 2011.

During an earlier court appearance he said he was convicted for rape in 1997 and released from prison in 2005.

He attempted to speak to the court about the merits of the present charges against him but was told he would have to speak to an attorney.

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