Girl (12) sees her rapist arrested

2011-03-18 00:00

AS an alleged paedophile was walked into the Inanda police station for rape crimes he allegedly committed against 10 young girls from June last year, a 12-year-old girl, who was being assisted by her parents to lay a charge of rape after being attacked only hours earlier, recognised him as her rapist.

Her recognition capped the good detective work that led to the arrest of a 44-year-old man who is charged with 11 alleged rapes committed in Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu. The suspect also faces 11 charges of kidnapping.

The rape victims range from six to 13 years old.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said Tuesday evening’s arrest was the result of an intensive, nine-month investigation to identify the perpetrator behind a number of chilling sexual assaults reported at the Inanda police station.

Mdunge said a task team was assembled after the first case was opened in June last year, but it was not initially clear to police that the cases were related.

However, as reports trickled in, the team established a common pattern that linked all the victims and indicated a serial rapist.

Mdunge said the rapist would befriend young girls and lure them to an area with a lot of bushes before forcing himself on his victims and raping them.

The task team was eventually able to identify the offender, but he evaded arrest by frequently changing residences.

On Tuesday, police received a tip-off about his hideout and arrested him.

When they brought the suspect into the community service centre at the Inanda police station, the girl cried out in alarm, pointing at the suspect as the man who had raped her earlier that day.

The suspect was immediately linked with an additional charge. The suspect is due to appear at the Ntuzuma Regional Court today.

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