Prof’s rape charges withdrawn

2012-07-19 10:56

All charges against a University of SA (Unisa) professor accused of raping two homeless men have been withdrawn.

The 52-year-old man appeared in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The charges were withdrawn because of a lack of evidence, Afrikaans daily Beeld reported today.

The man’s lawyer, Tobie Schmahl, said during an earlier court appearance that the DNA results were not in dispute because the sex was consensual.

The man (52), was arrested on December 26 last year, a day after he allegedly picked up the two men, aged 20 and 22, in the veld at Menlyn.

The professor was accused of taking a vagrant to his house in Garsfontein, where he fed and clothed him, and had sex with him.

Afterwards, the professor dropped the man off and picked up another one in the veld. At his home, the homeless man was also clothed and fed before they had sex.

The men reported the alleged rapes to the Garsfontein Police Station and the professor was arrested.

He was also charged with trying to bribe the police officers who arrested him.

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