Husband says wife’s alleged rape is one of many such bipolar ‘stories’

2014-02-20 00:00

A MAN from Bethal in Mpumalanga who had been charged with having his young wife raped by six men, said the allegations were “made up”.

The accused appeared in the Bethal Magistrate’s Court yesterday. He is currently in custody and yesterday applied for bail.

He has not pleaded yet. In terms of national legislation, an accused in a case of a sexual nature may not be named before he or she had pleaded.

The accused said his wife, a teacher in the town,suffered from bipolar disorder. He also said in a statement, which was read by his attorney Piet du Plessis, that is is not the first time that his wife had alleged that she had been raped.

She had admitted her lies twice before after having claimed that she had been raped.

“When she does not take her medicine, she makes up stories,” the accused said.

The man’s wife alleged that she had been gang-raped by six man when she went to the garage to put washing in her tumble dryer. She said the rape happened on February 3, and he husband was the last man to rape her.

She only reported the rapes on Saturday, February 8 at the police office in town.

The couple has two small daughters. The accused also has two adult children, who attended yesterday’s court proceedings with the accused parents.

He became emotional when Du Plessis read from his wife’s diary.

In it she wrote about her drug addiction and how depressed she was.

“She made the entries when we were already married, but she wrote about her life before we got married,” the man said.

The accused’s sister, a qualified nurse, also testified yesterday.

She said she had always had a good relationship with her sister-in-law and that they communicated often.

“I started suspecting at the end of November, during a family gathering that she (the complainant) was not using her medication any more.”

“She had lost a lot of weight and talked incoherently.

“She would speak about a serious topic the one moment, and the next moment she would be talk about trivial topics, as if she did not even realise she was speaking about a serious matter a moment earlier,” the witness said.

She added her sister-in-law had also on her wedding night told her that she was worried about her honeymoon, alleging that she had been molested by her father when she was young.

“I asked my father about these allegations and he said he know that she had alleged in the past that she had been molested, but that it was all in her imagination.”

A group of women from the town , clad in pink and purple yesterday attended the court proceedings.

Sanet Henning, one of the women, said they were there to show their support for the complainant.

“We want to she that we oppose any violence and abuse of women,” Henning said.

The women did not return after the the lunch break.

The bail-application was postponed to February 26.

The family of the accused did not want to comment.

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