Teen describes rape of Foord

2009-03-04 00:00

A state witness testifying about the rape of Hillcrest resident Jessica Foord told the Durban High Court that he was forced by one of the accused to rape the young woman.

Details of the brutal gang rape were revealed to the court by the 17-year-old, who pleaded guilty to rape charges in 2008. He was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Foord was allegedly raped repeatedly by the four accused, Mbotho Boto Msomi (26), Lindani Maphumulo (19), Siyabonga Ntinga (18) and Nthutuko Chili (18). According to the indictment, Foord and her father were forced into a ditch where his arms and legs were bound with a rope and he was tied to a tree. Four men raped Foord, while a fifth watched her father.

The accused allegedly stole two cellphones, watches, and silver jewellery and fled in the Foords’ Isuzu bakkie.

The four have been charged with rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances and sexual assault. On Tuesday, they pleaded not guilty.

The four sat quietly in the dock and listened to the witness as he described the events leading up to the robbery and rape.

He told the court that he and the four saw Foord and her father driving their Isuzu bakkie on a road to the Polo Pony dam in Hillcrest.

The victims parked near the dam and were seen “exercising their dogs”.

Foord used her cellphone to take pictures of the dogs.

While the accused were fishing, the witness said, Msomi went to the bakkie and returned with a wallet and a cellphone.

The men then accosted the Foords and robbed them of them of their cellphones and jewellery.

The witness said the Foords were pushed into a ditch “where there was running water”.

Jessica was pushed on to a rock. The suspect said he removed her denim skirt and panties before raping her.

“Accused one pointed a knife at me and said get on to her,” he said.

He said he was instructed to rape the “white woman”.

Once he had finished, the others took turns to rape her. He told the court that he could recall the exact sequence of the rape.

During cross-examination, the witness was questioned about his relationship with Ntinga.

He said they merely shared a surname and allegations that they had the same grandmother were untrue.

“Mhle [Ntinga’s brother] is the one I’m most familiar with from that family,” he said.

The court also heard about an incident where the witness and Ntinga’s brother were involved in an altercation in which one of them was stabbed with a beer bottle.

The case continues today.

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