Father held for baby rape

2009-06-10 00:00

A MAN from Snathing, who is strongly suspected of raping his 20-month-old daughter, was arrested in Epitsini location in the Kwa-Patha area on Sunday.

The 29-year-old man, a taxi conductor, was arrested on Sunday after attending a church service in Epitsini location.

The head of the Community Policing Forum (CPF), Mpumelelo Ngubelanga, said he first heard that the child was being raped from a woman who works at a creche after she had taken the child to the clinic.

She found that the child had red marks on her private parts, and was limping.

At the clinic, it was discovered that she had been repeatedly raped.

“We took the child back to its parents, and we discovered that it had been raped again the following morning,” said Ngubelanga.

“Tests from the clinic showed that the child had been raped by the father,” he said.

On May 24, the child was taken to Edendale Hospital, and the father went into hiding, said Ngubelanga. The suspect had fled the family home after police had arrived at his house.

“On Sunday while attending a community meeting, I was told at around 2 pm that he was at a church in the Kwa-Patha area,” he said. He was allegedly being hidden in a house by some of his friends after they heard the CPF had been looking for him.

“We knew where he was being hidden, and we contacted the Plessislaer police,” said Ngubelanga.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said following a tip-off, members of the Plessislaer Detective Services went to a church where the 29-year-old suspect was arrested.

The suspect was expected to make a court appearance in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of rape.

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