Boy rape: man in court

2012-10-26 00:00

AN alleged paedophile (69) who was charged with eight counts of raping boys aged 11 to 14, was denied bail at Ramsgate Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The rapes allegedly took place from 2009 in the KwaNzimakwe area near Port Edward.

Parents and locals from the area waited until court was adjourned to express their thoughts.

Holding placards saying “No bail”, “What kind of a father are you?” and “Why kill the future”, they protested outside the court.

One man said: “We are very happy that he didn’t get bail.”

The court heard that the man, who lives in Leisure Bay, allegedly invited the boys to his home and offered them accommodation, cellphones, food, TV games, a pool table and television.

He would allegedly take them to the beach and allow them to shower outside before allegedly forcing the boys to masturbate him. He would then allegedly rape one of the boys afterwards.

One of the boys left the man’s house after the alleged rape and told the others what had happened.

They urged him to keep quiet for fear of losing their privileges.

However, word got out in the community and the boy’s parents opened a case.

The accused denied the charges and said he was elderly, his health was frail, he had no previous convictions and should be released and allowed to stay with his children in Johannesburg.

State prosecutor Sharmilla Chinasamy said medical reports confirmed that all boys had evidence of anal penetration. “If the accused needs urgent medical attention, there are facilities that will cater for that while he is still in custody,” she said.

Magistrate Elise Coetzer agreed, saying the man was charged with a schedule six offence and that he had shown no compelling exceptional circumstances as to why he should be granted bail.

“Your attorney said the charges could be a fabrication. However, a medical report cannot be fabricated. The accused is denied bail and will be taken to Westville prison where he can get full medical attention,” said Coetzer.

The case was postponed to January 17 for further investigation. More charges are to be added by the state.

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