Sex crime statement was short on details

2010-03-04 00:00

A YOUNG woman who alleges she was sexually molested by a doctor behind closed curtains in a private hospital ward in February 2006 was cross-examined yesterday about her failure to disclose some of the details of the incident in her original police statement.

The woman agreed with defence advocate Yoga Moodley SC that some of the details she testified about in court were not contained in her police statement.

She explained that at the time she was only 17 and “just wanted to get out of there” while making her statement to the SAPS.

She said the interview with her was not private, but conducted in the charge office with people “coming and going”. Her mother had been present, but was not concentrating on what was contained in the statement and had not wanted to know the details of what happened to her, the young woman said.

“I was told I could read my statement. I read the first page and then I just signed all the pages,” she said. Her mother also signed as she was required to do and they left.

She said she later realised that there were errors in the statement. She returned for another interview to make a second statement to correct these matters.

She maintained the interview was “detailed”, although the second statement that was read to her only corrected one aspect of her original statement.

Earlier this week, the young woman gave a detailed account to regional magistrate S. Mngomezulu of how the doctor (who cannot be named at this stage in terms of a court order) allegedly hugged and kissed her “in a sexual way”, squeezed her breast, inappropriately touched her genital area and also pulled her nightie top down to look at her nipple.

She testified that at one point he asked her if she was “enjoying it”, and also said he had looked at her in a “lustful” manner.

She confirmed yesterday that at one stage the doctor referred to it as a “fatal attraction”.

The alleged molestation took place a day after the young woman collapsed at school and the doctor — who was a friend of her father — was asked to treat her at hospital.

The court heard evidence that her boyfriend had died two months earlier.

The young woman said that before his inappropriate behaviour towards her, the doctor sent a nurse away and drew the curtains.

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