Crime spree: man in court

2011-12-09 00:00

A MAN who is alleged to have committed a string of burglaries, robberies and rapes in Pietermaritzburg’s northern areas from March 2009 to June 2010 is due to go on trial on July 30 next year.

The accused, who cannot be named until he has pleaded to the rape charges, appeared briefly in court this week.

He is charged with breaking into the home of Yasen Dastageer in Northdale on March 10, 2009, and stealing jewellery worth R25 000, a laptop computer and R800 in cash.

The state’s provisional indictment shows the homeowner returned soon after midnight to find the burglar bars had been forced open.

The following night the accused allegedly broke into another home in Northdale and raped the occupant.

The victim allegedly awoke to find him on top of her demanding money.

When she could not give him any he allegedly raped her. Before leaving he allegedly took a cellphone and R50.

He is charged with breaking into the Washington Road home of Deeplall Ramchurren on March 19, 2009, breaking burglar bars and a door while Ramchurren was out. Jewellery worth R40 000, a DVD and women’s clothing were among the items allegedly stolen.

On June 11 another housebreaking victim, Ramsawak Sunker of Northdale, allegedly woke up in the early hours and noticed that a window in his lounge had been forced open and a cellphone and R300 were missing.

That burglary was followed by another at the home of Morganathan Naidoo of Raisethorpe while he had gone out to attend a function.

On his return late at night he found burglar bars damaged. Items including a DVD, takkies, meat and imitation jewellery and men’s underwear were missing.

The accused is charged with twice raping the female occupant of another Northdale property after he allegedly broke in at night on July 22, 2009. He allegedly took a total of R1 030 cash as well as a cellphone and radio.

On July 29, 2009, Northdale resident Clive Gonasillian was allegedly awoken by the accused who threatenend him with a pick head and demanded money. Gonasillian handed over a wallet with R1 200 cash, bank cards and driver’s licence. The intruder fled when Gonasillian screamed for help. More goods were later found lying outside the house.

On November 4, 2009, the man is alleged to have broken into the car of Devanand Ramdhin in Silver Road. A laptop, cellphone and radio face were allegedly stolen.

That incident was allegedly followed by an attack on a couple who were confronted and threatened with a screwdriver while standing at an intersection on the corners of Lucia and Egar roads on November 24, 2009.

The male victim — who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of his female companion — was allegedly stabbed with the screwdriver when he resisted, and he fled. The accused allegedly dragged the woman to a field and raped her.

On May 13, 2010, the accused is alleged to have broken into the Northdale home of Nosipho Jili.

She was allegedly woken by the sound of a lounge window breaking and saw the burglar bars had been forced open. She saw the accused moving through the house.

A knife set and handbag were allegedly stolen. It is alleged that the accused resisted arrest on June 28, 2010.

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