‘Rapist’ to remain behind bars

2018-07-26 06:01

A 35-year-old man accused of raping young children between the ages of three and 10 years will remain in custody until his next court appearance.

The Lwandle man briefly appeared in the Strand Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday morning (24 July) on three counts of rape.

The state requested a postponement for further investigation of the matter.

The magistrate, Karen Scheepers, told the packed court that, in the interests of justice, no bail would be issued to the accused and he will remain behind bars.

The state indicated that it may possibly add more charges to the initial charge sheet.

During the court proceedings, attended mostly by women, murmurs were quite audible when the magistrate ruled in favour of a further postponement – to Wednesday 5 September.

The 35-year-old faces a charges of rape after he was arrested by Lwandle police in February, confirmed Sergeant Mthokozisi Gama, police spokesperson.

At the time, City Vision reported that the incident took place in November last year (“Suspect (35) in court”, 8 February). It is alleged that the man beckoned the minors and sexually assaulted them. “Police are still investigating the possibility of other assault incidents before that date, which were never reported,” Gama said at the time.

The mother of the two assaulted children said her older child, a 10-year-old, indicated her abuse when she complained of pains in her lower abdomen.

“At first I thought she was may be menstruating,” she said. “There was a discharge and I gave her sanitary towels. I then took her to the clinic, but was told to go back home and sit down with her to find out what was actually happening.

“After treatment at the clinic, the same pain resurfaced two months later. This time the pain was accompanied by pus and blood and a yellow-like discharge.”

The accused is alleged to have sexually violated three children, aged 10, three and two.

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