Man held for attempted rape

2010-10-28 00:00

SPLIT-SECOND timing by police saved a 16-year-old school girl from being raped after she was kidnapped by a 24-year-old man yesterday.

The man was later shot and injured as he tried to flee arrest at KwaMpumuza.

Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan said the drama began earlier when the girl and her friend (16), who were both in school uniform, were walking along a footpath when they were confronted by the suspect.

Jeevan said he grabbed and assaulted one of them, while the other managed to escape and raised the alarm, telling members of the community what had happened. They in turn called the police for help.

Meanwhile, the suspect disappeared with his victim, dragging her away by her arm.

Community members and the police began searching around the Epayipini area of KwaMpumuza for the girl and they then found the house where the man was holding the frightened teenager.

“The suspect forcefully took the victim to his house and locked the doors,” said Jeevan. “It is alleged that he was joined by other friends and together the men began smoking a white powder.

“The friends then left and the suspect began removing the schoolgirl’s clothes and underwear.”

Jeevan said the man was about to rape the girl when he heard the police arrive. “At the door, police were confronted by a half-dressed man who shoved past them and began to flee.”

She said police shouted at the man to stop and fired two warning shots, which he also ignored, so they fired a shot straight at the suspect, and wounded him in the foot. He fell to the ground and was arrested.

Jeevan said the suspect was treated by paramedics before being taken away. He is expected to appear at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court shortly. Cases of attempted rape and kidnapping have been opened against him.


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