Quick arrest over rape of teenager

2012-11-09 00:00

A TEENAGER was raped twice on Wednesday evening while she was walking along the Port Shepstone beachfront.

But the 14-year-old girl’s bravery and swift police action saw the assailant quickly arrested.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said the teen was walking to a relative’s house when the man attacked her.

He hit her over the head with a bottle and dragged her into nearby bushes where he raped her the first time

During her desperate struggle to break free he stabbed her with a broken bottle.

Wiid said the girl told police he took her to a vacant house near the beach, where he raped her a second time.

He made her walk with him to friends who were waiting under the Umzimkhulu bridge.

When the rapist forced her to walk back with him to Oribi Plaza, the girl managed to escape and call for help.

Wiid said officers from the Port Shepstone police station and K9 unit responded within minutes and managed to find and arrest the suspect after searching the area.

The man, who is in his mid-20s, will appear in court soon.

The Port Shepstone family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit is investigating.

Wiid appealed to the public not to overreact as the incident was an isolated incident in that area.

She said the double rape did not make the area unsafe “for women and children to walk in this area in daylight”.

This was especially so since there were people in the area, and houses and flats.

“This was an isolated case and obviously this man was hiding in the bush,” said Wiid.

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