‘I fooled rapist and ran away’

2009-11-19 00:00

A GIRL of 15 who alleges she was raped and kidnapped told the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday that murder accused Faizel Mohamed Sayed (35) was one of three men who grabbed her and pulled her into their car while she was crossing the street in the city centre on the morning of April 26 last year.

She was blindfolded and her mouth was covered by her assailant’s hands.

Sayed assaulted and injured her and raped her in a forest near Liberty Midlands Mall, she said.

The teenager testified that during her ordeal Sayed put his hand into her anus and asked her if she wanted to die. “I said that I did not care even if he killed me, but I was not going to have sexual intercourse with him,” she told Acting Judge Ben van Heerden and assessors.

She told the court that Sayed initially told her they were going to take a shortcut through the forest to his house and, along the way, he told her that when they got there he was going to sleep with her.

He told her she was attractive.

The teenager said she understood that Sayed wanted to have sexual intercourse with her and she responded that she was “not in a position to do that”.

“He then hit me in the stomach,” she said, later stating he punched her.

Asked why she would not have intercourse with him, the teenager told the judge, “I did not like him and I did not want to have sexual intercourse with him.”

She testified that after Sayed punched her in the stomach they struggled as she resisted him.

During the struggle she bumped against a tree and injured her shoulder. At one stage he also bashed her head against a tree, making her nose bleed.

She testified that when she fell Sayed took the chance to “strangle” her. It was then he put his hand in her anus. Afterwards he slapped her in the face and they continued “fighting”.

She said after her head struck the tree she started to feel weak and Sayed again throttled her and raped her.

After the rape they walked to a railway line where she asked Sayed what the time was. This was a ploy, because she had noticed he did not have a watch and she had seen his cellphone drop at the scene of the rape.

Sayed started to search his pockets for the phone and when he could not find it he suggested returning to look for it. “I told him I will wait here and he should return.”

The teenager said Sayed turned back and left her, giving her a chance to run away. She ran to the freeway. There she stopped a couple and told them she had been raped. They took her to Mountain Rise police station where she opened a case, she said.

The teenager denied Sayed’s version that she consented to have sexual intercourse with him.

Another witness, Nomali Nkomo, testified that she was a passenger in the car that stopped to help the teenager. She said that as they were about to enter the freeway from the mall, she saw the girl run into the road, holding her shoes in her hand. They stopped and the teen ran to their car and told them she had just been raped in the forest.

Nkomo said the teen was “shivering and crying” and she could not always hear what she was saying. Her skirt and T-shirt were “dirty”, there was grass in her hair and she was injured on her right shoulder.

“I think she was shivering with shock,” she said in reply to a question by defence advocate Louis Barnard.

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