Rape accused ‘was celibate’, says wife

2014-09-10 00:00

THE wife of senior advocate Mike Govindasamy took the stand yesterday in her husband’s trial on rape and indecent assault charges.

Muniamna Govindasamy explained to the Pietermaritzburg High Court why the victim, then a teenager, had been in bed with her and her husband the night of the alleged sexual assault.

She said the teen was not feeling well.

“On that night, the girl had a headache. She was feeling lonely.

“She had no one to talk to. I wanted her to be comfortable at home. She grew up with me and I find nothing wrong in letting her sleep with us,” said Muniamna. She added her children were always allowed in their parents’ bed when they were ill, and Govindasamy did not have a problem with them sharing a bed with their relative.

Muniamna said she is a member of the Brahma Kumaris, a Hindu organisation providing education in spiritual and moral values.

“We took a vow of celibacy as a couple. We were both in the same spiritual frame of mind and he could not break spiritual laws,” she said.

The sexual assault is alleged to have happened while all three were in bed.

Muniamna said the girl was beautiful but had showed “too much of flesh” at her husband’s birthday party earlier that evening. “I was taken aback by her behaviour.

“She told Mike that he was her favourite relative while holding on to him during the party,” said Muniamna.

She admitted visiting the teen’s father, a relative, in Cape Town, but denied asking him to drop the charges against her husband.

“I visited the [relative] to talk about family problems. We needed to unite because this case was breaking the family,” said Muniamna.

The defence closed its case after her testimony and the case was adjourned to December 8 in the Durban High Court.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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