Uncle caught after niece raped, abducted in KZN

2015-07-13 15:38

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Durban - A man who allegedly abducted and raped his niece, giving her a sexually transmitted disease in the process, was caught by a private security company in Verulam, north of Durban, over the weekend.

He and the girl were found in a shack in an informal settlement in the area on Saturday morning, director of the Trans-Natal Flying Squad, Suren Balram, said on Monday.

The 34-year-old man went to live with his sister and 14-year-old niece in Umkomaas in April after having been released from prison, where he had served an 8-year sentence for robbery and assault.

“He stayed with them for a week and he raped the girl several times in that week,” Balram said.

The girl began complaining of pain and her mother took her to a doctor. It was confirmed that she had been raped and that she had contracted a sexually transmitted disease.

The mother opened a case with police at the end of April and her brother fled to his home in Verulam, about 80km away. After realising that he was a wanted suspect, he moved into a rented a shack in a nearby informal settlement.

When he learnt from friends that his sister was coming to the Verulam area to visit family, he contacted her.

He met her and tried to convince her to drop the rape case. When she refused he allegedly abducted the girl.

Not being familiar with Verulam, people told the mother to contact the security company. Balram said he used informants in the area to find him. After being apprehended, he was handed to local police and taken into custody at the Umkomaas police station.

He now faces charges of rape and of violating his parole conditions, Balram said.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said he would appear in the Scottburgh Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

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