Man arrested, wife’s ‘rapists’ free

2009-11-24 00:00

VANDERBIJLPARK — While the policemen who allegedly raped a woman from the East Rand are still at large, her husband appeared in court yesterday, charged with malicious damage to property.

Last month, just after Sarel Olivier’s 29-year-old wife, Martie, had told him about the rape, he allegedly broke a window and a glass partition in the Kempton Park police station.

While he was in the office, his wife was allegedly raped again.

Olivier was arrested at the police station on Friday, when he wanted to lay a charge of intimidation, since the couple have apparently been followed and have received threatening phone calls ever since the alleged rape took place.

The couple earlier related how they were lost, shortly after midnight on October 25, and turned their car into a driveway in order to make a U-turn, when a police vehicle stopped in front of them. Olivier was thrown into the back of the police vehicle without being given an explanation.

A policeman drove the couple’s Toyota Run-X, with Martie still inside, to the Kempton Park police station, while Olivier was taken there in the police vehicle.

About 200 metres from the police station, the couple’s car stopped.

Once at the police station, Oli­vier was set free without being charged.

On their way home in their car, his wife told him that she had been raped.

Olivier went back to the police station, where he allegedly attacked several police officials and broke a window and glass partition in the charge office, before being restrained.

While Olivier was at the police station, two SAPS members alle­gedly overpowered his wife in their car, took her away and raped her again. Her husband found her hours later, far away.

“Mr Olivier was at the Kempton Park police station on Friday to lay a charge of intimidation, but instead, he landed in the police cells,” said Desmond Olivier (no relation), a private detective who is investigating the rape on behalf of the couple.

Olivier was released on R1 000 bail on Friday evening.

Lesley Steyn, from the Johannesburg legal firm De Meyer & De Vries, said that yesterday morning during Olivier’s court appearance, she argued that his arrest was illegal, since the proper procedures were not followed.

“How on earth is it possible that a man is arrested for breaking a window, while his wife’s rapists are still at large?” she said.

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