Witness falls ill during rape trial testimony

2013-02-13 00:00

ANOTHER witness has fallen ill while testifying against advocate Mayakisten Govindasamy SC in the high court in Durban.

Govindasamy stands accused of raping a teenage relative.

In two days, two people testifying against him fell ill during cross-examination by defence lawyer Murray Pitman.

On Monday, the complainant could not continue with the cross-examination because she was ill.

The case was adjourned just after lunch that day.

The second witness called by the prosecution also fell ill yesterday while being questioned by Pitman.

She said that she had a migraine and was unable to continue. The matter was adjourned at around 2 pm.

Earlier, she told the court that the complainant had told her that Govindasamy had pinned her to a mattress. The complainant had called her on the day of the alleged incident, she added.

The witness testified that the complainant sounded distraught and hysterical, and was crying over the phone.

She said she realised that the plaintiff had not informed anyone else of the incident because other relatives appeared oblivious to her plight.

Pitman asked the witness why the complainant had chosen to return alone to Govindasamy’s house when the complainant had met her and told her of the alleged rape.

“Why did she not go back with you to Govindasamy’s house?” he asked.

“I have instructions that the complainant was completely normal that day and there was nothing out of the ordinary,” Pitman said.

The witness said she had exchanged messages with the complainant about the incident via SMS, but she could not produce these records in court as she had changed phones.

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