Alleged rapist dad defiant

2014-09-26 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG man accused of the brutal rape of his daughter (17) squared off with the prosecutor at his bail application at the Pietermaritzburg regional court yesterday.

The man cannot be named to protect the victim. The alleged rape happened earlier this year.

The man allegedly raped his daughter after finding her with a boy and then tied her hands and legs to the bedposts and indecently assaulted her with a spear.

He was put under intense scrutiny by prosecutor Malibongwe Mazibuko during cross-examination. The bail application was again postponed until Monday.

Despite the immense pressure of the criminal case and being in prison, the man, who is well spoken, kept his cool answering in detail questions posed to him.

At one point, the prosecutor fired questions that implied the man could not answer truthfully because, if convicted for the crime, he faced the possibility of spending life in prison, to which he retorted: “If I knew I was facing life in prison, why would I return? I was near the Mozambican border with passport in hand, why would I not just run away?”

Mazibuko asked the man why he tried to stop his daughter from seeing a doctor despite reports from the child and his neighbours who told him the child was seriously injured.

“You say they were 200 metres from the hospital and you said they should wait for you, why not let them go through, this would have been good for you anyway?” said Mazibuko.

The man replied, saying he did not believe that his daughter was injured and thought she was making up stories. He said the onus was on his neighbours — whom the child first reported the attack to — to rush her to hospital.

“If someone is seriously injured, you call an ambulance; you do not sit with them for four hours,” he said.

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