Boy (15) arrested after girl (8) is raped, eye gouged out

2012-04-25 17:04

A 15-year-old boy was arrested in connection with a brutal attack on an 8-year-old girl in Gingindlovu, KwaZulu-Natal.

Police were investigating whether the suspect was involved in an attack on a Grade 6 pupil earlier on Monday.

Gingindlovu is about 60km south-east of Richard’s Bay.

The girl was raped and her eye was gouged out.

Her attacker dragged her into a sugarcane field next to her home, where her grandmother was waiting for her to return from school on Monday, police spokesperson Captain Thulane Zwane said.

“The eight-year-old victim could barely walk, but managed to drag herself into the yard in front of her house before collapsing. She was dressed in her school uniform and was dishevelled and dirty.”

The girl was taken to a clinic, and from there to a hospital.

“He gouged her left eye out of the socket, and tried but failed with the right eye, which was left swollen shut. She was bleeding profusely from both eyes,” said Zwane.

“The suspect also bit her in the neck, raped her and left her lying helplessly on the ground.”

He tried to strangle her.

KwaZulu-Natal health department spokesperson Chris Maxon said the girl was initially taken to Eshowe Hospital, but was then transferred to Ngwelezane Hospital, in Empangeni. She was undergoing surgery late this afternoon. He could not comment on her condition, or whether her sight could be saved.

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