Woman (18) tells of rape at knifepoint

2009-11-25 00:00

AN 18-year-old woman told the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday that she was raped by a Howick West man, Faizel Mohamed Sayed (35), in a forest above the Forest Hills school on May 23 last year, after he threatened her with a knife.

She is one of eight adolescents and young women who Sayed alleges consented to have sex with him, but who he stands accused of having raped over a three-month period from April to July last year.

Sayed has denied knowledge of an alleged ninth rape victim, or that he had any contact with nine-year-old Nombuso Nhlangulela, who was abducted from her school in Howick on February 28 last year and found murdered in the town four days later.

Medical evidence shows she had been raped, before she was suffocated by having two plastic bags pulled over her head and being gagged with two socks.

The complainant yesterday testified she came to Pietermaritzburg on the day in question to meet her mother. In town she met Sayed, who identified himself as “Mike” and offered her work, claiming he and his sister planned to open a shop.

He suggested she go with him to his “sister’s place at Woodlands”, and when she said she could not go, he showed her a knife “tucked into his pants”, she said.

He told her not to make a noise.

The woman said she accompanied him because she was scared. They went to the forest where he raped her.

She said Sayed blocked her mouth so she could not scream and when she tried to push him away he assaulted her and slapped her face twice.

She cried but could not be heard.

The woman said the knife was lying next to him and she could see it during the rape.

Afterwards he took her bag with its contents as well as her green jersey and ran away into the darkness.

The young woman said she ran to a nearby house for help. A man gave her sugar water and called her brother.

Police and “soldiers” from the showgrounds arrived at the scene to look for her rapist.

She was later taken to the police station at Mountain Rise to make a statement, and was examined by a doctor the same evening. The case is proceeding.

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