Victim identifies alleged rapist

2015-06-27 08:21
The Curry’s Post Road where a woman was raped while jogging. (Jonathan Burton, The Witness)

The Curry’s Post Road where a woman was raped while jogging. (Jonathan Burton, The Witness)

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A woman who was dragged off the road and raped at knifepoint while out on her morning jog in the KZN Midlands, has positively identified her alleged rapist in a police identity parade.

This was said in an affidavit before the Howick Magistrate’s Court by the investigating officer in the case, Sergeant Agrippa Mnikathi of the Howick Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS).

Mnikathi is opposing an application by a 25-year-old man charged with the rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances of the 38-year-old jogger on June 13.

He allegedly robbed her at knifepoint of a pair of Nike running shoes, a black tracksuit jacket and a Timex digital watch.

The man cannot be named until he has formally pleaded to the charges because he is charged with a sexual offence. He said in his affidavit that he intends pleading not guilty.

The man, who is from the Mpophomeni area near Howick and is represented by a legal aid attorney, made a brief court appearance before magistrate Ntsoaki Khakane yesterday.

In an affidavit he told the court he can afford to pay bail of R2 000, which his mother will pay on his behalf.

He is prepared to adhere to any bail conditions.

He said he is currently looking for a permanent job. He has a Grade 11 education, no children, has lived in the same house for 10 years and has no passport. He has no previous convictions or pending cases.

But in his reply, Mnikathi alleged that the man provided police with the address of his parental home, and does not normally live at that address. He also stated that there is “more than sufficient evidence” linking the accused to the crimes.

He said the victim in the case had identified the accused as her rapist at a police identity parade on June 18.

Mnikathi said if convicted the man faces a high sentence and he is concerned he may not attend court if he is released.

Mnikathi said the accused had questioned the victim during the incident in relation to where she lived and became aware that she lived close by to the scene.

She was staying at her parents’ home which is about 1,5 km from the scene when she was attacked.

The magistrate said she hopes to deliver judgment on bail on July 3

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