Prison warder rape trial postponed

2010-12-11 07:48

The trial of two Soshanguve men accused of gang-raping a young Pretoria prison warder two years ago was postponed to next year.

Judge Bert Bam yesterday postponed the trial of Johannes Modise Monama (23) and Marebele Edward Sebetsho (28) to January 24 next year in the Pretoria High Court.

This was because certain of the state witnesses in the trial were not available.

The two accused have pleaded not guilty to charges of rape, housebreaking and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

The female prison warder earlier this week identified Monama as the former prison inmate who had allegedly tied her up and violently raped her in the presence of her four-year-old daughter at their house in the Baviaanspoort prison complex, east of Pretoria, in 2008.

She said Monama had kissed her and held his hand over her mouth while raping her.

He had also allegedly throttled her. She lost her sight and believed that she was going to die.

The woman identified Sebetsho as the second man who had allegedly raped her and then ransacked her house.

She testified that Monama had gagged her and thrown her into the cupboard with such violence that she sustained serious injuries to her back and had to spend a week in traction.

The woman and her daughter both still receive psychological counselling.

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