Case against alleged UCT rapist heads to High Court

2016-07-21 15:44
High court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

High court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - The case against alleged UCT rapist Patrick Hlomane is to be moved to the Western Cape High Court.

The serial rape accused, believed to be behind the attacks on two UCT students and a hiker, will remain behind bars after the Director of Public Prosecutions gave instruction for the case to be transferred.

A High Court date will be set on September 1, and the DPP has six weeks to prepare the indictment.

The indictment will indicate whether additional charges will be added, as well as the progress of the investigation.

Hlomane, 35, appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday on charges of rape, attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstance, and kidnapping.

He was arrested on March 12, days after UCT offered a R100 000 reward for information about the suspect believed to be behind the attacks on several students.

He was found hiding on the slopes of Table Mountain.

Hlomane faces a charge of rape in connection with an incident that occurred on November 19 2015, where a 23-year-old woman was accosted and raped at the bottom of the local landmark, and robbed of her personal belongings.

The last attack occurred in March, when a woman was running along the Princess Ann cycling path. She was threatened with a knife and forced into the bushes, where she was raped. 

Her attacker kept her there for hours and then made her walk with him to a garage. She managed to escape and was later admitted to hospital.

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