Girl tells of family’s rape ordeal

2010-06-01 00:00

TESTIFYING via an intermediary in the high court yesterday, a teenager described how she was raped three times in one night last year by an armed intruder who sat and read magazines in between raping her and her grandmother and attempting to rape her younger sister.

The victim was 12 at the time of the incident on February 21 in Northdale.

“It was painful and I even attempted to scream. He then threatened me with his knife … He said if I continued with my noise he would stab me,” the girl said.

She was giving evidence at the trial of Njabulo Mbhele (19), who has pleaded not guilty to housebreaking, robbery with aggravating circumstances and multiple rape charges before Judge Anton van Zyl and assessors.

The teenager said when the intruder entered the house via the kitchen door at about 10 pm she was sitting in a bedroom reading magazines. Her grandmother had just finished bathing and was getting dressed, while her younger sister and brother were already asleep.

She said the man had a knife with a black handle. The serrated blade was shining in the candle light that lit the room. He demanded phones and money, she said.

“My gran said the only money she had was R30 in her purse … The stranger snatched the purse … he opened it and took out a bank card. He asked if she had any money in the bank and she said she had about R500. He asked for the pin number and my grandmother gave it to him.”

She said the man sat down and started to read the magazines, while they all sat on a mattress.

He got up and after tying her grandmother’s hands behind her back, proceeded to tie all their hands.

He also gagged them, before again sitting down to read the magazines.

The girl said at times the intruder looked at them and then at a watch against the wall. After a while he untied them all and told the woman and girls to go to another bedroom. There he raped her grandmother on the bed after telling her and her sister to sit down and close their eyes.

He then raped each of them in turn, but when he tried to rape her nineyear-old sister he “did not succeed” and her grandmother told him the girl was too young. He took the witness and raped her a second time.

After some time he raped her a third time.

Afterwards he told all of them to sit down and then asked them what he should do with them. “He asked whether to kill us. I then cried and said he should spare us and not kill us.”

Her brother suggested he should “take a camera” instead of killing them, she added.

The teenager said the man remained in the house reading magazines until dawn. He then left, saying he was going to the bank, and took her brother with him. He threatened that if the “pin” was incorrect he would kill her brother.

The girl said her brother returned home alone after about an hour.

She told the court she was “upset” by the incident and subsequently received counselling.

The case is proceeding.

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