Storm damage delays rape trials

2015-12-10 17:03


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Mbombela - Trials involving the rape of minors were delayed on Thursday after a heavy storm damaged recording machines in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court the previous night.

A cleaning team were seen mopping up and removing damaged material from the first and second floor.

Regional Court 1, dealing with murder, robbery and theft cases, continued in the district court area.

Regional Court 2, dealing mostly with rape cases and equipped with closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to assist child rape victims, had to postpone matters.

Magistrate Vanessa Joubert apologised to witnesses and a man accused of raping a minor for the delay.

"We are unable to continue with the trial. Storm water entered the building and caused some damage to the court machines," she said.

The magistrate said because the trial involved the rape of a minor, it should be dealt with in-camera.

The matter would be postponed to January 19.

Other cases were also postponed by the same magistrate.

It was unclear how much the damage would cost.

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